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Audit of the Snøhvit project - fabrication of process facility

During the period 12-13 February 2004, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit activity aimed at Statoil's follow-up of the fabrication of the process facility on the barge to be situated at Melkøya. The audit was conducted at the supplier's premises, Dragados in Cadiz, with representatives from Statoil and the main contractor Linde present.

Background for the audit

Part of the intention of the PSA's prioritized HSE follow-up is to ascertain that the companies ensure that equipment and facilities maintain a satisfactory safety level.

One of the PSA's performance goals is to help minimize the risk of personal injury, damage to material assets and unintentional disruption of operations.

In recent years, audits have revealed deficiencies in how the companies follow up similar projects.

Purpose of the audit

The objective of the audit was to verify that Statoil is managing and executing fabrication of the process facility on Melkøya (the Snøhvit project) in accordance with applicable requirements in the temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for the individual petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems, including the regulations relating to pressure equipment.

Another objective was to follow up how Statoil handles its supervision responsibility in relation to the supplier's (Dragados Cadiz') management of deliveries to the project.

Result of the audit

No non-conformities were noted in relation to management, supervision responsibility and execution of fabrication as regards how Statoil handles requirements in central sections of the petroleum regulations.

Generally speaking, it seems that Statoil has good control over the fabrication of the facility to be installed on the barge.

However, we do see a potential for improvement within Statoil's organization for managing health, environment and safety aspects, as well as follow-up of fabrication and installation of process equipment.

This is related to a intertwinement of the roles of Statoil being responsible for quality assurance and the main contractor being the quality inspector.

The PSA's follow-up

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss