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Audit of Kårstø operations

On 30 March 2005 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the electrical discipline within the Kårstø operations. The audit activities revealed some nonconformities from the regulations. None of these were serious enough to warrant an order.


The audit especially focused on:

  • competence of the skilled electrical personnel

  • internal control

  • management of maintenance

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Background for the audit

The PSA is to set the standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain a high standard of health, environment, safety and emergency preparedness, and thereby contribute to maximizing value creation for the Norwegian society.

The PSA shall contribute to the reduction of risk levels in the offshore petroleum activities through ensuring that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity on the facilities and through the follow-up of the interaction between people/technology/organization in HSE-critical systems.

The electrical and safety systems constitute key parts of the facility's technical barriers, and safeguarding these is important to maintain an acceptable risk level.

Purpose of the audit

KårstøElectrical installations must be designed, operated and maintained in such a manner that they do not pose a risk to life, health or material assets.

The purpose of the auditing activities was to verify that Gassco (the operator) and Statoil (the Technical Service Provider) plan, manage and implement their activities in accordance with the applicable regulatory requirements and recognized standards in the area of operations and maintenance of the Kårstø electrical systems.

Result of the audit

The audit was carried out as planned and was well facilitated by Gassco and Statoil. The interviews and verifications were accomplished in a forthcoming and agreeable manner, and our impression of the participants was good.

The audit activities revealed some nonconformities from the regulations. None of these were serious enough to justify an order. In addition, the report contains items where there is a potential for improvement.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss