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Order issued to Gassco

Based on a number of undesirable incidents at the Kårstø terminal (photo), a notification of order was issued to Gassco AS (Gassco) in March 2005. After a review of the company's response, we have issued the order as warned.

Lately, there have been several undesirable incidents at the gas facility at Kårstø. This has been a worrisome development, both with regard to the number of incidents and criticality.

We have reviewed Gassco's response to our notification and have issued the following orders as notified:

Pursuant to Section 22 of the provisional regulations, ref. Section 51, Gassco is ordered:

To evaluate its procedures for notification of the PSA regarding hazard and accident situations.

To implement necessary improvement measures which ensure immediate notification of hazard and accident situations, as defined in Section 22.

Pursuant to Section 10 of the provisional regulations, ref. Section 11; ref. the Internal Control Regulations, Section 5, No. 6, No. 7, ref. No. 8, ref. Section 51 of the provisional regulations, Gassco is ordered:

To verify that measures that have been developed and implemented after both previous observations and recent incidents related to the work permit system and competence function as intended.

To verify that the control procedures used by the company to confirm the implementation and effect of measures are adequate.

A binding plan with specific dates for implementation of the orders must be presented to the PSA within two weeks after the order is sent.


Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Inger Anda
Press spokesperson
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 970 54 064