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Audit of technical safety on Norne

We have conducted an audit of Statoil ASA aimed at technical safety in the process facility on Norne in weeks 39 and 44, 2005. Subsequent to the audit, our impression is that the Norne organization maintains good control of the technical condition in the areas targeted by the audit.

Norne (Source: Statoil)The Norne field is situated in the Norwegian Sea, about 200 kilometers from the Helgeland coast.

The field is developed by means of a production and storage facility (ship) connected to subsea templates on the seabed (illustration).

The audit started with a meeting with the land organization in Harstad on 29 September 2005.

This meeting included presentations of topics such as experiences, status and plans for the future of the Norne field.

This provided a good basis for the audit on the facility.

A kick-off meeting was held upon arrival on Norne on 1 November 2005 as well as a summing-up-meeting before departure on 3 November 2005.

Background for the audit

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is to set the terms and follow up to ensure that the players in the industry maintain high standards for health, environment and safety, and thereby contribute to creating maximum value for the Norwegian society.

In order to reach this goal, one of the priority follow-up-areas for audit in 2005 is to make sure that the players facilitate and ensure the technical and operational integrity of the facilities, also focusing on the interplay between man - technology - organization and understanding of systems.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that the operator meets the regulatory requirements related to maintenance and condition of equipment and systems included under the concept of technical safety. We have emphasized looking into routines and attitudes concerning barriers and safety equipment.

Result of the audit

We have not found nonconformities in relation to the regulations in the area covered by the audit.

Those interviewed expressed great job satisfaction and enthusiasm for their work place.

The audit showed that the Norne organization maintains good control of the technical condition of the areas included in the audit.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss