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Eldfisk - audit of living conditions and working environment

During the period 14-15 June 2004, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit directed at ConocoPhillips Norge (CoPNo) and the living conditions on Eldfisk 2/7-A and the associated flotel Deepsea Trym. The activity was particularly directed at challenges related to offshore accommodation and recreational capacity on the field, as well as working environment challenges related to noise in cabins, ventilation and indoor climate.

Background for the audit

The regulatory requirements for health, environment and safety in the petroleum activities specify that the fittings and capacity of the living quarters must ensure a proper living environment, be adapted to the various functions to be safeguarded and expected personnel demands during the various stages of the petroleum activity, ref. Storting White Paper no. 7, section 4.1.4.

For a long time the living quarters on Eldisk 2/7-A have had a low standard in areas such as the indoor climate and noise in the cabins, closet space and dressing room conditions at high manning levels.

Combined with a generally high level of activity on the field, this entails challenges in offering satisfactory accommodation on the field.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that regulatory requirements related to accommodation, ref. Section 31 if the Activities Regulations are followed.

CoPNo has recently implemented a number of short-term measures to improve the standards on Eldisk 2/7-A, while at the same time working to make a decision regarding a future solution for the living quarters.

The purpose of the audit was, among other things, to verify that the measures mentioned had been implemented according to plan and in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

To increase the bed capacity on the field, the Deepsea Trym (DST) has been hired as a flotel. This is primarily a drilling rig and it has not been used as a flotel before.

The purpose of the audit was also to verify that the DST conforms with applicable requirements related to accommodation, ref. Section 31 of the Activities Regulations.

Result of the audit

Observations made during the audit show that it is still necessary to improve the standard in certain areas of the living quarters on Eldfisk 2/7-A.

This applies, among other things, to mould fungus in bathrooms, lack of showers in the dressing rooms, repair of cracks in the floor covering and generally too little closet and storage capacity.

We have, however, noted that a number of measures have been implemented which have improved the working environment substantially.

The indoor climate has, for example, been improved through cleaning of ventilation ducts, the ventilation system in the cabins have been upgraded as regards noise and new adjustment mechanisms for the indoor temperature in the cabins have been installed.

We have also noted that there are plans for further upgrading of the HVAC-system in the living quarters.

These measures are to a large extent carried out according to plans and in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

It will be necessary to maintain the improvements mentioned through systematic follow-up of the measures implemented. We have for example recommended that a Preventive Maintenance procedure (PM procedure) be established for cleaning of both the ventilation system and the living quarters as a unit in order to maintain the effect of the improvement measures.

The living quarters on Eldisk 2/7-A were built before the current requirements of recreational areas of 1.5 m2 per person were made applicable. Regardless of whether measurements show that the installation conformed with the former requirements of 1 m2 per person with shuttling personnel on board, the recreational area is regarded as small compared with the personnel's needs.

On the request of the safety delegate service, we carried out a review of the various areas in the drilling module on Eldfisk 2/7-A. Here we made observations including factors related to skidding of the drilling module and exposure to oil mist/oil vapour in shaker rooms.

Hiring the Deepsea Trym as a flotel has resulted in increased bed capacity in the field, but due to increased activity the degree of shared sleeping has not been reduced correspondingly.

Deepsea Trym is primarily a drilling rig, and consequently the fact that the personnel work in shifts has been taken into consideration when designing the recreational area.

Since the rig is now being used as living quarters, and the personnel primarily work during daytime, some modifications have been carried out which have resulted in both a better standard in the cabins and larger recreational capacity.

In addition to these measures, we also noted as positive the introduction of restrictions in the form of time limits for certain noisy activities.

However, we still find that in certain periods with almost full exploitation of the bed capacity, there is a shortage of recreational capacity compared with the actual manning on board the facility.

The PSA submitted the audit report to ConocoPhillips on 7 July 2004.

The PSA's follow-up

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss