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Audit of new work processes within drilling and well activities

On 5 and 6 December 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of ConocoPhillips Scandinavia AS (CoPSAS). The task was associated with CoPSAS' follow-up of new work processes within drilling and well activities using information and communication technology (ICT).


Objective
The objective of the audit was to investigate how CoPSAS ensures that the work processes within drilling and well activities, and the decisions associated with these, comply with the regulatory requirements within the areas covered by this audit activity.

Result
The audit activity was carried out according to plan and was well facilitated by CoPSAS.

CoPSAS presented, with a basis in the Ekofisk X facility, its experience with collaboration between the onshore operations centre for drilling operations and the facility's drilling organisation. We were given the impression that the company focused on facilitating collaboration.

The workflow for planning and execution of drilling operations – CoPSAS calls this the "MaxWell process” – appeared to be easily understandable and reference was made to the fact that risk assessments of changes was integrated into this process.

The audit activity identified nonconformities associated with:

  • change management in the organisation of drilling operations
  • ICT security

Furthermore, we identified improvement items associated with:

  • traceability between governing documents
  • employee participation in change management
  • onshore/offshore collaboration in drilling and well activities