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Notification of order to ConocoPhillips following audit of technical safety

During the period 20-23 November 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COPSAS). The audit targeted parts of the technical safety, safety, control and electrical system disciplines on Eldfisk and Embla. Based on our findings in this audit, we have issued a notification of order to COPSAS.


The audit emphasized:

  • Safety systems.
  • Maintenance management.
  • Follow-up of barriers.
  • Competence.
  • Internal audits.

Background for the audit

The PSA is to set standards and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high performance as regards health, safety and environment, and through this also contribute towards creating the greatest possible value for the society at large.

The PSA shall also contribute towards reducing the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity, as well as follow up the man/technology/organization interplay in systems that are critical from an HSE standpoint.

Technical safety and electrical systems make up key parts of the technical barriers, and sufficient safeguarding of these is important in order to maintain an acceptable risk level.

Purpose of the audit

Facilities must be maintained so that they are capable of carrying out their intended functions in all phases of the facility's lifetime.

The purpose of the audit was to confirm that COPSAS plans, manages and carries out its activities in such a manner that operation and maintenance of the Eldfisk Complex and Embla comply with applicable regulations and recognized standards.

Result of the audit

The audit activity revealed several nonconformities in relation to the regulations, and a notification of order will be issued for deficient safety systems and deficient implementation of maintenance activities.

We have also identified the following nonconformities:

  • Deficient electrical installation.
  • Deficient arrangement for collecting flammable liquids.
  • Deficient follow-up of systems that govern safety in connection with work on and operation of electrical facilities.
  • Deficient documentation of competence.

The report also contains items where there is potential for improvement.
Function tests of selected safety systems were conducted in the audit activity. Faults and deficiencies that were revealed in these tests are included in the report as nonconformities and improvement items.

We have issued the following notification of order to COPSAS:

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, cf. Regulations relating to safety and communication systems on facilities in the petroleum activities, Section 16 relating to general safety systems, Regulations relating to explosion and fire protection of facilities in the petroleum activities, Chapter IV-3 relating to requirement for passive fire protection and Chapter IV-6 relating to firefighting and Section 23 of the Activities Regulations relating to use of facilities; ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS is hereby ordered to ensure that, ref. Chapters 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of the report:~LT~/EM>

  • Safety systems are always functional and are monitored and kept under control.

  • In connection with planning and prioritization of maintenance, provisions are made to correct or compensate for lacking or impaired barriers.

  • To give an account of the causes of our observations, and ensure that the elements noted are brought into compliance with regulatory requirements.

The deadline for submitting a binding plan with deadlines for compliance with the order is fixed at 14 February 2007.

COPSAS must submit any comments regarding the notification to the PSA by 8 January 2007.

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

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Ole-Johan Faret, press contact
E-mail:
ole-johan.faret@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 416 835 46

  • Safety systems are always functional and are monitored and kept under control.
  • In connection with planning and prioritization of maintenance, provisions are made to correct or compensate for lacking or impaired barriers.
  • To give an account of the causes of our observations, and ensure that the elements noted are brought into compliance with regulatory requirements.

The deadline for submitting a binding plan with deadlines for compliance with the order is fixed at 14 February 2007.

COPSAS must submit any comments regarding the notification to the PSA by 8 January 2007.

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

Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Ole-Johan Faret, press contact
E-mail:
ole-johan.faret@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 416 835 46