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Audit of working environment management in Teekay

On 5 December 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Teekay Petrojarl Production AS (Teekay) in Trondheim with the aid of video transmission. The audit was aimed at working environment management, and is part of the consideration process for the company's AoC application for Petrojarl 1 and Petrojarl Varg.

The audit was conducted by means of interviews. We also carried out verifications within the working environment areas on board both of these facilities earlier this autumn.

Background for the audit
Teekay owns and operates two mobile production facilities (FPSOs), Petrojarl 1 and Petrojarl Varg, which are currently engaged in activity on the Norwegian shelf. The Petrojarl 1 is working for Statoil on the Glitne field and Petrojarl Varg is working for Talisman on the Varg field.

Both of the facilities are registered in a national ship's register and Teekay has applied for (AoC) for the facilities.

Petrojarl 1 & Petrojarl Varg

The audit activity is part of the PSA's consideration process in connection with these applications.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to evaluate management aspects related to the company's follow-up of working environment factors.

Result of the audit
The observations below are a result of the video meeting with Teekay on 5 December 2007.

The results following verifications on board the Petrojarl 1 and Petrojarl Varg conducted earlier this fall are discussed in a separate report (link) and will not be repeated here.

Among its audit findings, the PSA identified deficiencies within systematic management of working environment factors and compliance with the company's own controlling documentation.

It is our impression that the underlying causes of deficient management are largely linked to unclear framework conditions, such as:

  • Unclear description of roles and distribution of responsibility.

  • Lack of competence requirements and training plans for working environment professionals.

  • Controlling documentation does not describe the current practice.

  • Deficient knowledge of regulatory requirements and the AoC regime.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss