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Audit of working environment conditions on Leiv Eiriksson

Audit: During the period 16-18 June 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Ocean Rig AS. The audit targeted working environment conditions on the mobile drilling facility Leiv Eiriksson, while the facility was working for Shell north of Ireland.

The audit was conducted by means of document reviews, conversations and verifications on board the facility.

Background for the audit
The audit was linked to Ocean Rig A/S' application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the mobile drilling facility Leiv Eiriksson (pictured). The facility will be under contract with Norske Shell, which plans to use the facility to drill two wells on the Norwegian continental shelf, with start-up during the course of 2008.

Leiv Eiriksson

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that management and technical aspects in the working environment area are in compliance with Norwegian regulatory requirements.  However, the result of the verification is not intended to provide a complete picture of the working environment conditions on board, or the company's management systems measured against the regulatory requirements.

Result of the audit
The verification revealed four new nonconformities and eight improvement items linked to the working environment.  The nonconformities were new in relation to the AoC application, and no applications for exemptions have been submitted for these factors.

Several remodelling and upgrade tasks were in progress during the audit, in addition to normal maintenance activities following several years of drilling operations on foreign shelves.  To some extent, this intense activity characterised the standard of cleanliness and tidiness on parts of the facility.