The audit is being conducted as an inspection. Part of the audit is conducted in cooperation with supervisory authorities who participated in the North Sea Authorities Forum (NSOAF) and comprised worksite supervision.
Worksite supervision is a prioritised area for NSOAF in 2008, and under this topic there will be activities directed at four operators on the Norwegian Shelf this year. That part of the audit which addresses worksite supervision will take place in the course of the autumn of 2008, with interviews in ConocoPhillips’ land organisation, partly in collaboration with personnel from the Danish Energy Agency.
The ongoing audit also comprises assessments of ConocoPhillips’ system for barrier analysis and how this is implemented and followed up on Eldfisk. This part of the audit is considered to have been completed following the visit to the Eldfisk facilities in the period 30 June – 2 July 2008, and this document is a sub-report for this part of the audit. The results thereof will be included in assessments on how such a barrier mapping process can contribute to good framework conditions so that worksite supervision on the facilities can sufficiently safeguard barrier status considerations.
The report for the remaining parts of the audit will be completed in the winter of 2008/2009.
Notification of the audit was given on 23 April 2008. A kick-off meeting was held on 27 May 2008, interviews with the land organisation on 2 June 2008, and interviews and verifications on the facilities in the period 30 June – 2 July 2008. This report is based on these activities and document collection conducted to and including 2 July 2008.
Background for the audit
The background for the audits is as follows:
Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit is to obtain an overview of processes and systems that contribute to a unified management of barriers on Eldfisk, and assess this in relation to prevailing requirements. The audit is directed towards prevention of major accidents in connection with operation and maintenance of process facilities.
Result of the audit
ConocoPhillips has implemented important work on assessing performance and criticality of barriers on Eldfisk. Measures have also been implemented to improve safety management – reference has for example been made to:
During the audit we identified one deviation from the regulatory requirements related to performance requirements for barrier elements, and a potential for improvement in the following areas: