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Audit of KCA Deutag directed at well control, exercises and training

Audit: During the period 10 to 11 June 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of KCA Deutag (KCAD), directed at the company's work on well control competence related to the company's systems, routines and follow-up of drilling and well operations on permanent facilities. We identified no non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements.

Background for the audit
Storting White Paper 12 (2005-2006) and the PSA emphasize the need to pay more attention to the work on preventing major accidents.

The industry conducted an revision of OLF/NR guidelines 024 during the period 2007-2009. In this connection we conduct audit activities aimed at well control in order to motivate and find out how the industry works to prevent major accidents.

Similar audit activities were carried out with  drilling contractors and operating companies during 2003-2007.

PSA carried out a well control audit of Hydro based on activities on Oseberg Sør in April 2005 (link). The company's measures following this have been followed up as part of this audit activity.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to clarify how the company's management system to safeguard health, safety and the environment functions in connection with well control training and exercises.

A review and an assessment of the company's systems, procedures and follow-up of the work on well control competence in relation to current regulatory requirements were carried out.

Result of the audit
We identified no non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements.

During the audit we identified potential improvement items related to the following factors:

  • Simulator training
  • Follow-up of well control exercises and training on the facilities
  • Interaction and group competence
  • Well control training specific to the activities and the facility
  • Follow-up of course and training institutions