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Audit of Valhall Re-Development Project – emergency preparedness

Audit: During the period 10-12 November 2009, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the Valhall Re-Development (VRD) Project at the yards in Zwijndrecht (process module) and Lowestoft (living quarters and helideck). The audit was aimed at the technical solutions for emergency preparedness on the modules.

The audit was carried out by means of document reviews and verification activities in the modules.

Background for the audit
The audit was linked to BP Norge AS' (BP's) plans for start-up of the PH facility* in 2010 in connection with lifetime extension of the Valhall field.

*PH facility
New process and living quarters facility on Valhall

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to evaluate how BP safeguards the regulatory requirements in connection with design and fabrication of the PH facility in the Valhall Re-Development project. This was done to ensure that the facility is built in accordance with the regulatory requirements in the emergency preparedness discipline.

Result of the audit
The audit revealed no nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements. Five areas with potential for improvement were identified, related to escape routes, MOB boat launch system and the robustness of the emergency preparedness facilities (alternative emergency hospital and emergency response centre).

The PSA otherwise observed robust and well-planned solutions on the facility.

Journal 2009/995 (documents in Norwegian)