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Audit of the Sture terminal

During the period 13-14 February 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of StatoilHydro at the Sture terminal. The audit was carried out in line with the requirement for annual audits to prevent and limit the consequences of major accidents in activities involving hazardous chemicals (the Major Accident Regulations). No nonconformities were identified.

The Sture terminal
The crude oil terminal at Stura in Øygarden municipality receives oil and condensate via the pipeline from the Oseberg A facility, from the Oseberg, Veslefrikk, Brage, Oseberg Sør, Oseberg Øst, Tune, Huldra and Grane fields.


The terminal (pictured) came on line in December 1988 and includes two quay facilities capable of receiving oil tankers up to 300,000 tonnes.

Background for the audit
The audit was conducted on the basis of the Temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment at certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems, which contains references to the Major Accident Regulations.

The activity was also linked to the PSA's main priorities for 2008 with regard to major accident risk and prevention of harm to the external environment.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify compliance with applicable regulations in areas that have an impact on the risk of major accidents.

Prioritized topics were emergency preparedness, maintenance and competence in relation to requirements laid down in the Major Accident Regulations and other relevant regulations.

Result of the audit
No nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements were identified in this audit.

The presentations given and interviews held with key employees in the organization clearly indicated that priority is assigned to the work to maintain prudent HSE performance at the Sture terminal.