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Audit of lifting equipment and lifting operations on Norne

In February 2005, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit aimed at Statoil ASA's (Statoil's) management of technical and operational aspects in the planning and implementation of lifting operations on Norne. The PSA noted nonconformities and made observations of both a technical, operational and organizational nature. We have issued a notification of order to Statoil.


The audit was conducted in relation to the offshore regulations, recognized norms and Statoil's own requirements.

Background for the audit

The audit was a verification activity in accordance with the PSA's paramount assignment, and Storting White Paper No. 7 (2001-2002) on health, safety and environment in the petroleum activities.

The audit focused on the problem areas that emerged in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's report "Causal relations in lifting operations incidents".

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that safety is properly handled through Statoil's management of technical and operational aspects associated with the planning and implementation of lifting operations.

Furthermore, the purpose was to verify that technical conditions are safeguarded through inspection and maintenance of lifting appliances and lifting gear, and that follow-up of undesirable incidents involving lifting operations satisfies the relevant requirements.

Result of the audit

The PSA noted nonconformities and made observations of both a technical, operational and organizational nature.

The following factors are mentioned in particular:

  • The norm for lifting operations on board does not fully satisfy the requirements in Section 83 of the Activities Regulations, compared with the revised NORSOK standard, and no documentation could be presented to demonstrate that the way lifting operations were carried out on board satisfied the regulatory requirements.

  • The system for training on board does not fulfill relevant requirements.

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We have notified Statoil of the following order:

Pursuant to the Activities Regulations, Section 83 relating to lifting operations; the Framework Regulations, Section 18 relating to documentation, cf. Section 58 of the Framework Regulations, Statoil ASA is ordered to implement a norm for lifting operations on board, so that this satisfies the requirements in Section 83, compared with the recommended norm, which is NORSOK R003, rev 2, cf. Chapter 5.2 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is fixed at 1 August 2005. We request that we be notified when the order has been fulfilled.

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Inger Anda
Press spokesperson
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 970 54 064