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Audit of operations on Statoil - Veslefrikk B

In April 2005 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit on Veslefrikk B aimed at operations and maintenance of the process and auxiliary facilities, as well as the safety systems. No nonconformities from the regulatory requirements were identified.

Background for the audit

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is to set standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum industry maintain a high level of health, safety and environment, and through this also contribute to creating the greatest possible values for the Norwegian society.

To achieve this objective, one of the focus areas for audits that will be prioritised in 2005 is to ensure that the players facilitate and ensure technical and operational integrity on the facilities, also with emphasis on the interplay between people-technology-organisation and system comprehension.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the activity was to verify that the operator maintains the above-mentioned technical and operational conditions related to technical safety and barriers.

Result of the audit

In the area covered by the audit, no nonconformities from the regulatory requirements were discovered.

The audit proved that the Veslefrikk organisation in general appears to be well in control of the technical conditions in the areas covered by the audit.

A risk-analysis (TRA) for Hulda Veslefrikk has been prepared. The summary provides a good overview of the preconditions on which the risk evaluation has been based. Most of the people we were in contact with on Veslefrikk were familiar with the report, and it appears to provide a better understanding of the risk contributions aboard.

The volume of backlog related to preventive and corrective maintenance was manageable.

Moreover, the audit noticed that the tidiness and housekeeping in the areas we passed through were of a good standard.



Veslefrikk B (left) and A. Source: Statoil

The Veslefrikk field has been developed with a wellhead facility (Veslefrikk A) and a semi-submersible facility with process facility and living quarters (Veslefrikk B).

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss