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Audit of Statoil Hammerfest LNG

During the period 17-19 October 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil Hammerfest LNG. The audit activity concentrated on follow-up of the construction site and the company's handling of undesirable incidents, with particular emphasis on the area of crane and lifting activities. We have the impression that the company has introduced major improvements since our last audit of this area.

LNG Hammerfest (kilde: Statoil)

The LNG plant on Melkøya (source: Statoil)

Background for the audit

The audit activity comes under the PSA's performance goals in the areas of incident prevention and general working environment.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to depict safety and working environment conditions during the major activities that are taking place on Melkøya in the transition between the project phase and the operational phase for Hammerfest LNG. Furthermore, we wanted to gain an insight into what measures are being implemented to prevent undesirable incidents, as well as clarify the transfer of experience from undesirable incidents, with a special focus on lifting activities and falling objects.

Result of the audit

Thorough inspections and verifications were conducted, and it seems certain to us that major improvements have been made in this area since our last audit, even though the plant is now in a very hectic phase. Statoil had for instance carried out considerable work to prevent falling objects as well as put up barriers to prevent injuries from falling objects. However, non-conformity vis-à-vis the current regulations was discovered in the area of crane and lifting activities.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss