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Audit of Eni: Adaptation to natural conditions in the Barents Sea

Audit: The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has audited Eni Norge AS' (Eni's) Goliat project. The audit was carried out on 7 May 2008 at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (NMI) at Blindern in Oslo and on 8 May 2008 in Eni's offices at Forus in Stavanger. The audit was related to Eni's adaptation of the Goliat field development to the natural conditions. We have not identified any non-conformities from the regulatory requirements, but have found some potential improvements.

Link:  About Goliat (Eni's website)

Background for the audit
We have chosen to carry out an audit of Goliat, related to the natural conditions, before the development concept has been decided. This is due to the fact that Eni has not formerly developed any fields on the Norwegian shelf and because plans are being made for using floating facilities in the Barents Sea, an area where experience with petroleum activities is limited.

We have carried out the audit to see if Eni specifies the natural conditions correctly to adapt the development concept to the climatic conditions in the area, cf. Section 25 of the Framework Regulations relating to natural conditions data.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to follow up how Eni specifies the natural conditions on the Goliat field. Having correct data is a key prerequisite for adapting the design solutions to the climatic challenges which can be expected in the area. This will contribute to the ability to implement necessary measures to prevent major accidents and harm to the external environment.

Result of the audit
The Goliat project is in an early phase, and relevant documents are as a result under preparation and mostly not completed. The information presented by Eni and NMI and clarifying questions form the basis for our observations.

We have not identified any non-conformities from regulatory requirements, but we have found some potential improvements related to the basis for analyses and to quality assurance, quality control and verification. Potential improvements relating to analyses have been put into the main categories: waves, winds, oceanographic conditions and winterisation.