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Audit of the Ormen Lange land facility - Nyhamna

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the Ormen Lange land facility - Nyhamna during the period 6-8 November 2007. The audit targeted compliance with regulations on measures to prevent and limit the consequences of major accidents in activities where hazardous chemicals are present (the Major Accident Regulations), safety-related aspects regarding start-up of the facility, as well as the facility's electrical installations.

The activities at Nyhamna were conducted in dialogue form with associated verifications of documentation as well as at the facility.


Nyhamna (Source: Hydro)

Background for the audit
During the audit period, the facility was in its start-up phase, as well as in the final phase of commissioning.

The audit was conducted on the basis of the temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems, which refer to the Major Accident Regulations and other applied technical regulations and standards.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was

  • to verify compliance with applicable regulations in areas that affect the risk of major accidents. Prioritized topics were risk mapping, emergency preparedness, maintenance and training and competence in relation to requirements in the Major Accident Regulations and other relevant regulations,

  • to verify compliance with applicable regulations and standards in the area of electrical installations with regard to controlling documentation, maintenance management, ignition source control, temporary electrical equipment as well as electrical installations in the process area and in substations.


Result of the audit
There was nothing worthy of comment within the area covered by the Major Accident Regulations. Within the area of "electrical installations" and "lifting and transport" we did identify some items with potential for improvement.

There was no notification of order after the audit.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss