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Audit of heavy lifting operations during removal of Frigg

From April to August 2005, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Total E&P Norge AS' (Total's) management of technical and operational aspects associated with planning and implementation of heavy lifting operations during removal of Frigg. No non-conformities were identified during the audit.


The audit was carried out in accordance with relevant parts of the shelf regulations, recognized standards and Total's own requirements.

Background for the audit

The audit was a verification activity according to the PSA's superior project task, and according to Storting White Paper No. 7 (2001-2002) on health, environment and safety in the petroleum activities. (Recommendation from the Ministry of Labour and Government Administration of 14 December 2001, approved by the King in Council on the same day.) "As part of the work to improve safety in crane and lifting operations on the shelf, the Ministry has also asked the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (now the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway) to assign priority to the audit of these areas ."

The audit focused on the problem areas that emerged in the PSA's report "Causal relations in incidents related to offshore cranes".

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that safety is ensured through Total's management of technical and operational aspects associated with planning and implementation of heavy lifting operations during removal of Frigg.

Result of the audit

No non-conformities were identified during the audit.

The following improvement items can be mentioned: deficiencies in controlling documentation and lack of documentation confirming regulatory compliance in areas where deviations were identified in relation to the recommended standards.

In addition, the system for training onboard has a potential for improvement.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss