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Gassco receives order following audit of pipelines

During the period 3-12 October 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) audited Gassco AS' (Gassco) management and follow-up of operation and maintenance of pipelines with equipment in Zeebrugge and Dunkerque. Based on some findings during the audit, we issued a notification of order to Gassco. An order has now been issued to Gassco as previously notified.


Order issued to Gassco:

Pursuant to Section 5, second subsection of the Framework Regulations relating to responsibility under this regulation, Section 32 of the Facilities Regulations relating to emergency shutdown systems, Section 33 relating to process safety systems, Section 22 of the Activities Regulations relating to procedures and Section 42 relating to maintenance, Gassco is ordered to ensure that an overall philosophy and procedures for testing ESD valves are established for all facilities and pipeline systems under Gassco's area of responsibility, and that such valves are tested according to the regulatory requirements, cf. Chapter 5.1 of the report.
The deadline for presenting a binding schedule for complying with the order is set to 15 January 2007.

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