Background for the audit
The PSA is to set standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards as regards health, safety and the environment, thereby contributing towards creating the greatest possible values for the Norwegian society.
The follow-up shall be system-oriented and risk-based, and be a supplement to the follow-up carried out by the industry itself.
Chapter 4.12.2 of Storting White Paper No. 7 (2001-2002) relating to health, safety and environment in the petroleum activities includes the following wording regarding maintenance management:
"The authorities feel that it is necessary to further develop management models for operations and maintenance in cooperation with the industry, in order to ensure a joint effort to strengthen the quality of maintenance in the petroleum activities through, inter alia, further development of methods and technologies, competence enhancement and research."
Chapter 5.4 of Storting White Paper No. 12 (2005-2006) relating to health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities points out that deficient maintenance may increase the risk of major accidents, injuries and incidents, and the White Paper refers to a rather comprehensive review of audit reports which shows a relatively large share of non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements. This includes deficiencies in the prioritising of maintenance, assessment of critical factors, follow-up of temporary equipment, unsatisfactory documentation and outstanding maintenance of safety-critical equipment. Furthermore, in some cases the competence relating to maintenance management was inadequate.
Current requirements related to maintenance management are specifically stipulated in the Activities Regulations and the Management Regulations.
Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to
Result of the audit
The results are based on the presentation of elements in BPN's management systems and interviews with selected personnel, with subsequent verification of the governing documents and systems for conducting maintenance on BPN's installations in Norway, including existing and new facilities on Valhall.
BPN does not sufficiently fulfil all requirements in the regulations relating to classification of equipment and to the use of this classification.
Most of our observations are characterised as non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements, and they grouped under the following main areas:
Some potential improvements were also observed.