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Audit of operation of pipelines, subsea facilities and land facilities - Ormen Lange and Nyhamna

Audit: From 20 to 21 October, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) audited the operation of pipelines, subsea facilities and land facilities at Ormen Lange and Nyhamna.


The audit took place in the form of an initial meeting at Nyhamna, followed by a tour of the facility and conversations with personnel at Nyhamna and in Kristiansund. 

Background for the audit
This audit is one in a series of audits directed at the operation of pipelines, subsea facilities and land facilities in 2009. The audit is related to two of the PSA's main priorities in 2009 –  technical and operational safety and prevention of damage to the external environment.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to assess Shell’ s compliance with requirements in regulations relating to health, environment and safety in connection with the operation, maintenance and inspection of the Ormen Lange pipelines, subsea facilities and the land management of these .

Furthermore, the audit aimed to provide an impression of the condition of the pipelines and subsea facilities on Ormen Lange.

Result of the audit
The audit was conducted through conversations with personnel at Nyhamna and in Kristiansund, document verification and a guided tour of the land facility.

We did not identify any nonconformities in relation to the regulations, but we identified three areas with potential for improvement. These are qualification of wet gas meters, assessment of the consequences of failure in intra-field umbilicals, and alarm handling.

Journal 2009/1238 (documents in Norwegian)