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Order following audit of technical integrity for loadbearing structures

During the period 14 - 30 May 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) audited BP Norge AS' (BP’s) safeguarding of technical integrity for loadbearing structures on Valhall and Ula. On the basis of our findings during the audit, we have previously issued a notification of order to BP.


The purpose the audit was to verify that BP has management systems which reduce the risk of structural failure on ageing facilities, and that BP has qualified solutions for handling technical integrity of loadbearing structures, so that the intention of the applicable regulations is safeguarded.

In accordance with the notification, we have issued the following order to BP:

Pursuant to Section 42 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance, BP Norge AS is ordered to document that the integrity of the structures on Valhall, Ula, Hod and Tambar is safeguarded so that they can perform their intended functions in all phases of their design life, cf. the nonconformities in Chapter 5.1 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 April 2009. We must be notified when the order has been carried out.



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