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Order issued to the licensees on Alvheim

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to the three licensees on the Alvheim field after two incidents with major accident potential on Alvheim. The incidents took place on Alvheim FPSO on 16 and 23 January 2009, and both involved overfilling of the flare drum.


In our opinion the matter affects central issues in the organisation of the Alvheim operation in general, and circumstances related to the management of major accident risks in particular.

Read more: Notification of order to Alvheim licensees

In concurrence with our former notification of order, and with reference to Section 5, third subsection of the regulations relating to health, environmental and safety in the petroleum activities (the Framework Regulations) regarding responsibility according to the regulations, cf.  Section 58 relating to individual decisions, we have issued the following order to the operating company Marathon Petroleum Norge AS and the licensees ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS and Lundin Norway AS:

The licensees in the Alvheim licence shall conduct joint review and evaluation of  the framework conditions and form of operation  for Alvheim, to ensure that the operation of Alvheim can be carried out in a manner which ensures that central requirements in the HSE regulations, including handling of major accident risk, are safeguarded.

This work must be implemented and the licensees' conclusions submitted to the  PSA by 1 September 2009.

The decision may be appealed pursuant to Section 28 of the Public Administration Act. The deadline is three weeks from receipt of this letter. The Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion is the appeal body. The appeal must be sent to the PSA.