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Notification of order following the audit of management of working environment follow-up in the Yme project

During the period 24 - 29 October 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Talisman Energy Norge AS (TENAS). The audit was aimed at the development project Yme as regards facilitation of safeguarding of working environment-related conditions at the facility in the petroleum activities. On the basis of our findings during the audit we have issued the following notification of order to TENAS.


The audit was conducted in the form of meetings at TENAS in Stavanger and at Single Buoy Mooring Inc (SBM) in Rotterdam.

About Yme
Yme is an oilfield in the south-eastern part of the North Sea, 110 km southwest of Egersund. The field has formerly been in production, but was shut down in 2001.

On 11 May 2007, the Government approved the new plan for development and operation of the Yme field. TENAS is the operator for the development. Yme belongs to production licence 316 where the licensees are Talisman Norge AS (70%), Revus Energy ASA (20%) and Pertra ASA (10%).

The production license was awarded to the current licensees in 2004. Yme is the first field on the Norwegian Shelf to be reopened.

The Yme field is being developed with a jack-up production facility which will be placed on a storage tank on the seabed on the prospect Yme Gamma, and with a subsea facility on Yme Beta, 12 km away. The sea depth in the area is between 77 and 93 metres.

The field will start production in 2009.

Background for the audit
The background for the audit is that SBM is designing and manufacturing a jack-up production and storage facility (MOPUStore) with a living quarters module which will be rented out to TENAS for use on the Yme field.

TENAS will be responsible for the daily operation of the facility and will in this connection obtain an (AoC) and seek consent for use of the facility.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose the audit was to verify whether matters related to management of the working environment during design and manufacturing complied with regulatory requirements. In this connection, the focus was on requirement basis, resource use, planned and implemented activities, working environment mappings, lessons learned, employee participation and non-conformity handling in the project.

Result of the audit
During the audit, we identified non-conformities vis-à-vis regulatory requirements related to TENAS' involvement in and commenting on working environment activities in the Yme project.

Non-conformities related to document management were found in the project. A number of key working environment documents such as working environment philosophy, working environment plan and the strategy document, the project's alarm design philosophy and the project's nonconformity procedure had not been completed on time in the project. Furthermore, there were many other working environment documents which existed as drafts or commentary editions.

The above-mentioned matters are extremely unfortunate as the design work related to the living quarters and processing facility was 70 per cent complete at the time of the audit.

Non-conformities were also identified in connection with deficient references to prevailing working environment requirements in governing project documents related to working environment.

Furthermore, matters with potential for improvements were identified in connection with how the project will ensure traceability as regards documenting compliance with working environment requirements and related to the project's further plans for follow-up of working environment conditions in the construction and completion phase.

The above-mentioned deficiencies in TENAS' working environment follow-up are serious as TENAS is responsible for the operation of the installation and is the future applicant for an AoC and thus required to posses detailed knowledge of how the regulatory requirements are upheld at the Yme facility.

Notification of order
On the basis of our findings during the audit we have issued the following notification of order to TENAS:

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to administrative decisions, Talisman Energy Norway AS (TENAS) is ordered to

  • ensure sufficient resources with relevant, specific working environment competence in its own organisation, in order to make sure that the regulatory requirements relating to working environment follow-up are met in the various phases of the project. This also entails that the necessary working environment resources must be available in a teimly manner in the project. Furthermore, it entails TENAS must have the necessary overview and knowledge of the working environment status at the YME facility so that the function of future operator and applicant for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) can be properly discharged, cf. Section 11 of the Management Regulations relating to staffing and competence and Section 12 of the same relating to information and Section 5, second subsection of the Framework Regulations relating to responsibility according to these regulations, cf. Chapter 5.1 of the report,

  • establish a formalised activity plan for TENAS' own follow-up of working environment conditions in the YME project. The plan must indicate activities where TENAS will follow up the project. Furthermore, the plan must indicate which personnel resources will be used by TENAS and estimated time spent, cf. Section 9 of the Management Regulations relating to planning, cf. Chapter 5.1 of the report,

  • ensure that relevant project documents of significance for the operator's follow-up of working environment conditions in the YME project are submitted to TENAS for assessment and comments adapted to the project's progress, cf. Section 21 of the Management Regulations relating to follow-up, and Section 5, second subsection of the Framework Regulations relating to responsibility according to these regulations, cf. Chapter 5.1 of the report,

  • ensure, through own verification activities, that SBM quickly corrects the non-conformities identified in Chapter 5.2 of this report, cf. Section 21 of the Management Regulations relating to follow-up and Section 5, second subsection of the Framework Regulations relating to responsibility according to these regulations.

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The deadline for complying with the order is 14 December 2007. We must be notified when the order has been complied with.

We have requested TENAS to submit any comments to the notification no later than 25 November 2007.

Link:Explanation of the terms "notification of order" and "order"

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss