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Audit of TOTAL's site-specific analyses for use of the Mærsk Inspirer on Frigg

On 11 and 13 May 2004, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of TOTAL's site-specific assessments linked to the placement of the Maersk Inspirer on the Frigg field. The audit was mainly linked to analyses of load-bearing structures and quality assurance.


The first day of the audit was conducted in TOTAL's offices in Dusavigå. The second day of the audit was conducted at Noble Denton in London.

On both of these occasions, the audit was divided into two parts, of which the first was devoted to presentations and questions, while the second part focused on traceability in the documentation.

Background for the audit

TOTAL will use the jack-up drilling rig Mærsk Inspirer in connection with plugging of the Frigg wells. (It was subsequently decided that Mærsk Innovator would be used instead of Mærsk Inspirer).

Purpose of the audit

The audit was conducted to help ensure that TOTAL's site-specific analyses satisfy the regulatory requirements, including the framework regulations, the facilities installations and the activities regulations.

Result of the audit

Generally speaking, it is our opinion that TOTAL's site-specific assessments meet the applicable regulatory requirements. Our audit report contains a few observations made during the audit as well as proposals for improvements.

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss