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Audit of lifting operations on Melkøya

During the period 6 - 8 September 2005, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil's management of and follow up of lifting equipment and lifting operations on the Hammerfest LNG plant on Melkøya. The audit revealed that Statoil has strengthened the organization on Melkøya with personnel and competence.


Background for the audit

By the Crown Prince Regent's Resolution of 19 December 2003, the PSA is authorized to conduct an audit of safety and working environment of the petroleum industry on some onshore installations.

We conducted an audit in order to meet the requirements and performance measures described in the subsequent allocation letter.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify compliance with current regulations in the areas of lifting equipment and lifting operations as well as verifying Statoil's measures after previously proven deviations and defects and how the company follows up with measures after undesired incidents.

Result of the audit

During 2004/2005, Statoil has strengthened the organization on Melkøya with personnel and competence that have handled the challenges previously proven in a good manner.

In addition to employing a person fulltime to follow up lifting operations on the facility, Statoil has also worked out a procedure for personnel transport and a basic handbook for lifting operations as well as worked out a best practice document with requirements for use of lifting and transport equipment on Statoil's land-based facilities. It was stated that this document will be in force from the autumn of 2005.

Having many different contracting companies that work with lifting equipment and lifting operations on Melkøya, Statoil still has a major challenge in making sure that requirements are prepared and implemented for personnel competence, approval of lifting equipment and use of lifting equipment.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss