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Audit of technical safety at Åsgard A

In weeks 21 and 23 we carried out an audit directed at technical safety on Åsgard A. The audit showed that Åsgard A's organization is in good control of technical conditions in the areas the audit looked at.

The audit commenced with a meeting with the onshore organization in Stjørdal on 27 May 2005. At this meeting a number of topics, including experiences, status and future plans for Åsgard A were presented. This gave us a good basis for the audit on the facility.

Åsgard AA start-up meeting was held upon arrival on Åsgard A (photo) on 6 June, as well as a meeting to sum up activities prior to departure on 8 June 2005.

Statoil facilitated the audit activities, and the good, co-operative climate on the facility contributed to the audit being carried out according to plan.

Background for the audit

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) shall set the premises for, and follow up that the players in the activity maintain, a high level of health, safety and the environment in order to ensure maximum value creation for society.

In order to attain this goal, one of the prioritized follow-up areas for audits in 2005 is ensuring that the players facilitate and ensure technical and operational integrity on the facilities, also with a view to human, technological and organizational interplay and system understanding.

Purpose of the audit

The objective of the audit was to verify that the operator is complying with the regulatory requirements regarding maintenance and condition of equipment and systems comprised by the term technical safety.

Emphasis was placed on observing routines and attitudes regarding barriers and safety equipment.

Result of the audit

No regulatory deviations were found in the area covered by the audit.

Those who were interviewed said they were very happy with their work, and showed great enthusiasm for their jobs.

The audit showed that the Åsgard A organization has good control of technical conditions in the areas at which the audit was directed.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss