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Audit of start-up of Hammerfest LNG

During the period 6-8 June 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil Hammerfest LNG. The audit consisted of verifications aimed at technical, organizational and emergency-preparedness-related factors, including electrical facilities.

Background for the audit
Statoil received consent to use Hammerfest LNG (link) in December 2006 when hydrocarbons were introduced into the facility. Consent to use the seabed facilities for Snøhvit (link) was granted in May 2007. The facility can thus be regarded as being "hot", although production has not yet started.

This audit activity was implemented in accordance with the PSA's plan and priority areas for 2007 and included commissioning, testing and start-up for the entire facility.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that the facility and the established systems for takeover are in compliance with the requirements in prevailing regulations and Statoil's internal requirements at this stage, and that a solid basis has been established for start-up of the various systems that ensure the least possible risk for personnel, the environment and the facility.

Result of the audit
As regards orderliness and degree of completion, we feel that there have been significant improvements since the previous, corresponding audit activity in October 2006.

We also noted a great degree of openness and that the entire organization is aware of the importance of taking necessary "time-outs" and not forcing measures through simply to meet the fixed milestones.

We would also note the very positive fact that, in our opinion, there are experienced and capable employees both in the engineering, commissioning and operations organizations.

Observations and improvement items are noted in the audit report.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss