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Audit of safeguarding of material handling and working environment conditions on Skarv

Audit: During the period 21 – 22 October and on 13 November 2008, we conducted an audit of the safeguarding of material handling and working environment conditions related to the engineering of Skarv FPSO.


The audit comprised work carried out by Aker Solutions related to pre-engineering of Skarv FPSO (pictured) and detail engineering of the production facility (topsides). The audit also included BP Norge AS’ (BP’s) coordination with and follow-up of Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI), Single Buoy Moorings Inc (SBM) and Aker Solutions.

Skarv FPSO (source: BP)

The audit was conducted in the form of document review and meetings where BP and Aker Solutions were responsible for providing relevant personnel to illuminate topics as requested.

The audit was a continuation of a previous status meeting related to follow-up of working environment conditions held on 4 September at Viking Stadium.

Background for the audit
The PSA shall follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain a high health, safety and environmental standard, and through this also contribute to creating the greatest possible value for society.

The PSA shall contribute to reducing the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity .

The PSA’s supervisory activities for safeguarding good working environment conditions and solutions that contribute to safe and efficient material handling on the Skarv facility, are considered to be part of achieving the above-mentioned objectives.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the review of the detail engineering phase was to verify the status in relation to relevant regulatory requirements within the disciplines comprised by this activity.

The goal has been to ensure that the various players in the project work systematically and ensure that the design basis is in line with the regulatory requirements prior to the project entering into the construction phase for good.

It is also our goal to ensure that necessary activities are implemented in the project in order to document compliance with the regulatory requirements as required for obtaining an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.

Result of the audit
Our general impression is that the Skarv project, within audited and verified areas, has so far been implemented and followed   up in accordance with the regulatory requirements and expectations.

With regard to matters related to Aker Solutions’ project assignment, one non-conformity was identified related to deficient documentation of requirements for the deck cranes for Skarv FPSO. The working environment status reports, analyses, action lists and minutes of meetings from various design reviews were found to be clear, of good quality and adequate for compliance with regulatory requirements for systematic follow-up of the working environment.

One non-conformity was identified related to deficient framing of governing documentation for working environment management in SHI. This mainly concerns deficient descriptions of work processes and current requirements for SHI’s scope of work.

No non-conformities or improvement items were identified related to SBM’s work. In this connection we would remark that several of SBM’s planned working environment studies and analyses have not yet been completed. We have therefore been relatively restricted in our evaluation of SBM’s work.

The audit identified three non-conformities and one improvement item related to BP’s follow-up of the Skarv project. This comprised lack of formal systems to safeguard employee participation in the project and lack of transfer of analysis documentation data in the form of manning levels, residence period and frequency, and total working hours related to work operations in individual areas on the facility.

The latter non-conformity was related to deficiencies in BP’s governing project documentation to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements related to SHI’s project assignment. The contract requirements stipulated for SHI do not fully reflect the minimum regulatory requirements.

It is otherwise our impression that BP has a good overview and status in connection with follow-up of working environment conditions and exercises a significant supervisory obligation vis-à-vis the individual contractors.

BP has demonstrated through this audit a willingness to rectify identified non-conformities and weaknesses, which has also been demonstrated in that BP shortly after our audit submitted a  draft for governing project documents and specific plans for rectifying matters identified in this report.