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Audit of the completion of the LNG process plant in Hammerfest

On 28 September 2005 the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil in connection with the ongoing completion of the process plant, pipeline systems and tanks on Melkøya. No non-conformities from the regulations were uncovered in the areas studied in the audit.


The audit activity comprised the following areas:

  • The condition of process equipment following transport and the barge being brought into dock.

  • Passive fire protection of the process plant.

  • Organisation of installation work including Transfer Work and Carry Over Work from the barge to the onshore plant.

  • Modification of the cold box.

  • Assembly/completion of Storage and Loading.

  • Inspection of the process plant, the cold box modification and Storage and Loading.

Melkøya


The LNG plant on Melkøya (Photo: Eiliv Leren)

Background for the audit

The PSA's task is to help reduce the risk level in the petroleum activities by making sure that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity on facilities and plants, and by following up the interaction between man, technology and organisation in HSE-critical systems.

The installation and completion of the process plant, pipeline systems and tanks are considered extremely important activities with regard to quality and integrity. This also applies to how the remaining work, which should have been carried out in Cadiz, is being documented and transferred to the organisation on Melkøya, where the plant must be completed and tested prior to start-up.

Purpose of the audit

Basing its work on the strategies, plans and procedures that apply to the ongoing operations, the PSA has sought to clarify through this audit to what extent the installation work and the completion of equipment are taking place in accordance with current regulations and Statoil's safety requirements for such activities.
Another goal for the audit activity is to verify that Statoil is in control of the safety-related consequences of the planned / non-planned remaining work which has been transferred to Melkøya (Transfer Work / Carry Over Work).

Result of the audit

No non-conformities from the regulations were uncovered in the areas studied in the audit.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss