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Audit of Gassco's preparations for KEP 2010

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit at Bygnes during the period 2–3 September 2008. The audit was aimed at Gassco AS' activities at Kårstø, in particular concurrent development and operations in connection with KEP 2010 (Kårstø Expansion Project). We identified no non-conformities from the regulatory requirements.

KEP 2010
KEP 2010 is a generic term for several projects which aim to make the Kårstø facilities robust and ready for long-term safe and efficient operation. This includes upgrading the instrument and utility systems at the Statpipe/Sleipner part of the facility.

Kårstøanlegget (kilde: StatoilHydro)

Background for the audit
The audit was carried out on background of the PSA's main objective, which is to set standards and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards as regards health, safety and the environment, and thereby also contribute towards creating the greatest possible values for the Norwegian society. The PSA shall furthermore contribute to reduce the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up that the players to ensure that they facilitate technical and operational integrity in their operations.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to assess Gassco's contributions towards the concurrent development and operations at Kårstø conforming to regulations and recognized standards.

Result of the audit
No non-conformities were identified during the audit. However, we identified two potential improvements; an imbalance between reactive and preventive work and to which degree Gassco's follow-up is directed at systems failure.