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Supervisory activity at Kårstø and in Emden

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and Landesbergamt Clausthal-Zellerfeld (LBA) in Germany carried out a joint supervisory activity at Kårstø and in Emden in week 43.

Emden plant (source: Gassco)

Background for the audit

A new joint venture between Statoil and ConocoPhillips is formed to manage and operate the Gasled gas receiving facilities in Germany (photo) on behalf of Gassco. The name of the joint venture is GasPort GmbH & Co. KG.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that adequate management systems for health, safety and environmental issues are implemented in the GasPort organisation, and that the Gassco and GasPort management systems were in accordance with the Agreement of January 16th 1974 between Norway and the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Memorandum of Understanding between the authorities.

Result of the audit

Communication lines are well established and known between personnel in Norway and Germany.

The governing documents are based on Statoil governing documents, but some GasPort documents are also developed and needed. Reporting takes place through the Statoil reporting system MIS (Målstyring i Statoil).

Although these basic requirements for a new organisation are in place, the audit revealed some areas for improvement. This concerns mainly organisational matters for GasPort and planned technical testing and review.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss