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Audit of the Tjeldbergodden facility

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Statoil's facilities at Tjeldbergodden (TBO) on 29 and 30 November 2005. The audit focused on the follow-up of the Regulations relating to major accidents. The purpose of the audit was to assess whether the activity at TBO is run in accordance with regulatory requirements. Having completed the audit, it is our impression that Statoil's management and control of the facility is satisfactory.



Statoil's facility at Tjeldbergodden (pictured) in the municipality of Aure in Nordmøre utilizes gas from the Heidrun field and comprises at present four factories (gas receiving plant, air gas plant, methanol plant and LNG plant). Tjeldbergodden is Norway's only industrial site that further refines natural gas.

The topics of the audit were:

  • TBO's follow-up of observations made in a corresponding audit in 2004.

  • Risk-reducing measures following the updating of the technical risk analysis (TRA).

  • Management of simultaneous activities.

  • The training system.

  • Updating of the operations documentation.

  • Information to the general public.

  • Operations preparations for the PMT project.


Background for the audit

The PSA is to stipulate the terms for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards with regard to health, safety and the environment, thereby also contributing to the greatest possible value for our society.

The PSA is also to help reduce the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players do what they can to facilitate technical and operational integrity in the activities.

This audit was based on the Regulations relating to major accidents. The purpose of these regulations is to prevent major accidents that involve hazardous chemicals, plus limit the consequences a major accident can have for people, the environment and material assets.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that the activity maintains satisfactory control of those issues/topics mentioned in the introduction. We particularly emphasised the management of simultaneous activities and risk-reducing measures now that the TRA has been updated.

Result of the audit

With regard to the factors targeted in the audit, we found Statoil's management and control to be satisfactory. We consider our goal for the audit to have been met. No conditions were uncovered that will lead to a notification of order, nor do we have any negative observations.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss