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Audit of facilitation of handling of materials and working environment on Yme

Audit: The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Talisman Energy Norge AS (Talisman) during the period 23 March to 26 March 2009. The audit targeted facilitation of handling of materials and technical working environment on board the production facility Yme. We identified both non-conformities and areas of improvement.

The facility is a jackup mobile production unit with storage and living quarters (MOPUStor) and is being built at the Advyard Lia shipyard in Abu Dahbi.

Yme production facility

Background for the audit
The background for the audit is that Single Buoy Moorings (SBM) has planned and is responsible for the construction of MOPUStor, which will be chartered to Talisman Energy Norge AS (TENAS) to be used for operation on the Yme field.

TENAS will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the facility and will, in this regard, obtain an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) and apply for consent to use the facility.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that TENAS is building the Yme facility in compliance with regulatory requirements for handling of materials and the working environment in the petroleum industry. 

In this regard, focus was on the use of resources, planned and executed activities, mapping of the working environment, analyses of material handling, transfer of experience, employee participation and handling of non-conformities in the project.

Result of the audit
At the time of the audit, the facility was still under construction, with a very low level of completion in the areas subject to our audit.

We identified both non-conformities and areas of improvement.

Non-conformities in relation to regulatory requirements:

  • Necessary analyses to ensure a safe working environment or analyses which could provide decision making support when choosing technical, operational and organisational solutions for the flow of materials over the facility in the operations phase had not been carried out.
  • The facility and transport routes were, in some places, designed in such a way that handling of materials can not be carried out in an efficient and safe manner.
  • The space between the crane pedestal and the movable stairs on the offshore cranes was too small to meet regulatory requirements on minimum distance.
  • The crane operator chairs are designed in such a way that they may expose the crane operator to unfortunate physical strain.
  • The user manual for the offshore cranes does not meet regulatory requirements for contents and language.
  • Procedures specific to the facility for the use of lifting devices had not been prepared.
  • First-time inspection of offshore cranes had not been carried out.
  • The plan for follow-up of the working environment during construction and completion was inadequate.
  • Requirements for measuring working environment compliance in the living quarters were missing.
  • Thresholds in door openings in the living quarters represent obstacles to efficient and safe handling of materials.
  • Access to equipment for handling materials during operations and maintenance  was inadequate.
  • The headroom in the upper part of the living quarters was too low.

Areas of improvement:

  • Inadequate documentation to show compliance measurements in regards to regulatory requirements following assessments of the working environment.
  • Inadequate follow-up of elements in own and others’ management systems
  • Inadequate facilitation of efficient and safe material handling in HVAC rooms.
  • Inadequate facilitation of vertical and horizontal material handling in the process facility.
  • Inadequate safeguarding of access to and around equipment in the process facility.
  • Lack of calculations for dynamic loads for the use of offshore cranes as deployment systems for MOB boats.
  • Crane operator has limited field of vision due to ventilation pipes and protective bars.
  • Lack of ramp to clean side windows on one side of the crane operator cabin.
  • The crane hook on the 40-tonne crane was not painted in a visible colour.