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Audit of lifting appliances on Ekofisk

During the period 24-28 September 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the condition of offshore cranes on ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS' (CoPSAS') facilities on the Ekofisk field. The audit did not uncover any nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements, and it is our impression that CoPSAS exercises satisfactory management as regards the technical condition of the offshore cranes covered by the audit.

To some extent, the audit also encompassed use and storage of other lifting equipment.

The audit was carried out by means of verifications of the technical condition of offshore cranes, verification of the maintenance system for lifting appliances, documentation, observation of lifting activities and conversations with personnel who operate the lifting appliances.

Background for the audit
Over a period of several years, CoPSAS has worked to upgrade the offshore cranes on the company's facilities on the Norwegian shelf in order to meet requirements for technical safety and working environment.

In addition, several of the older offshore cranes have been replaced with new cranes. The primary background for the audit was to verify compliance with regulatory requirements relating to technical safety, working environment and maintenance.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that CoPSAS complies with requirements stipulated in regulations, standards and internal company documents. The verifications covered technical and operational aspects associated with offshore cranes, as well as maintenance.

Result of the audit
There were no proven nonconformities as regards the regulations, however we did identify some factors during the audit where there was potential for improvement.

It is our impression that CoPSAS maintains satisfactory management of the technical condition of the offshore cranes covered under the audit.

The established system for implementing periodic inspection and follow-up of measures appeared to be properly implemented and functioned well. Verifications of the technical condition of the offshore cranes and a review of the company's annual inspection reports also indicate a high level of technical expertise on the part of the personnel performing this work.

Nevertheless, we see that CoPSAS faces challenges with regard to completing all preventive and corrective maintenance on the offshore cranes. This applies particularly to the mechanical disciplines.

CoPSAS has established good routines for storing, receiving and distributing portable lifting equipment, as well as approval of temporary lifting appliances. This appears to be in particularly good order as regards handling to/from the inventory of portable lifting equipment on 2/4 X.

CoPSAS can work to ensure better compliance with these procedures also on the other facilities that were covered under this audit.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss