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Audit on Valhall - technical integrity of load-bearing structures

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of how safeguarding the technical integrity of load-bearing structures is handled in BP Norge AS (BP).The audit activity was directed at BP's Valhall organisation.

The audit was carried out with a kick-off meeting on 3 June 2004, as well as a meeting, verifications and interviews of BP personnel on 14 June 2004.

Background for the audit

The background for the audit was the PSA's focus on follow-up of health, safety and environment issues to verify that the players facilitate and maintain technical integrity on their installations.

Follow-up of the Management Regulations requirements concerning risk reduction and establishment of barriers was also the basis of the audit.

The audit related to technical integrity of load-bearing structures on Valhall is a continuation of the audit carried out in 2003.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to ensure that BP has management systems to reduce the risk of structural failures in ageing installations and that BP has qualified solutions for handling technical integrity in load-bearing structures, so that the intention of the applicable regulatory requirements is safeguarded.

Another objective of the audit was to ensure that the requirements related to quality assurance, based on procedures and HSE regulatory requirements, are complied with.

Result of the audit

BP is well under way with work to improve the process of safeguarding technical integrity of load-bearing structures.

Conditions with a potential for improvements were observed during the audit.

BP should consider implementing an internal quality control to ensure that the procedures used in connection with safeguarding structures are satisfactory.

The PSA submitted the report to BP Norge AS on 2 July 2004.

The PSA's follow-up

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss