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Audit of mechanical completion at Hammerfest LNG

During the period 27 -28 June 2006 we conducted an audit of Statoil ASA (Statoil) at Hammerfest LNG. The audit was directed at final completion and hand-over for commissioning, with primary emphasis on the systems for compressed air and fire and gas detection. We identified no nonconformity with the regulatory requirements during the audit.

Snøhvit (billedkilde: Kaefer)

The gas and condensate field Snøhvit in the Barents Sea is being developed with a subsea production plant, pipeline to shore and gas processing facility on Melkøya outside Hammerfest (Hammerfest LNG).

Background for the audit

Our task is to establish the terms and follow up the players in the petroleum activities to ensure that they maintain a high level for health, environment and safety. Moreover, we shall influence the players to prevent incidents which could result in major accidents and accidents with loss of human lives or serious personal injury.

As regards the potential for major accidents, it is particularly important to create an awareness of the factors that contribute to increased risk. In that connection we would emphasise the importance of a unified management of the activities as an important condition for maintaining a satisfactory HSE level.

Hammerfest LNG is in a phase of mechanical completion, at the same time as tests are performed with a view of transferring to the operational stage. During this phase much of the basis is laid for a safe start-up and future operation of the facility.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to ensure that the ongoing activities are conducted in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements and internal company requirements, and identify any need for correction. Furthermore, the purpose was to get an impression of whether the transition from project to operation is taking place in a controlled and systematic manner as regards technical, operational and organisational conditions.

Result from the audit

During the audit we identified no nonconformity with applicable regulatory requirements. Neither did we identify any improvement areas relating to the extensive activities performed on the facility.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss