Background for the audit
In the NPD's letter dated 30 September 2003, ConocoPhillips was granted ">consent to clean the Ekofisk 2/4 Tank (photo). We have had regular status meetings concerning this activity, where the company has given an account of preparations for this activity and measures to protect the personnel against harmful effects while removing the hydrogensulfide gas (H2S).
Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify preparations for cleaning the Ekofisk 2/4 Tank, to make sure this will take place in a careful and safe manner, and in accordance with the regulatory requirements laid down in Section 8 of the Framework Regulations, cf. Section 3 of the Management Regulations within the following areas:
Result of the audit
Our impression is that the company has made it a top priority to secure an H2S-free atmosphere for the whole working period and to minimise damaging emissions to the environment throughout all phases of the activity.
Our verification has not uncovered deviations from regulatory requirements. We have observed a few matters where there is room for improvement and have asked ConocoPhillips to submit more assessments and additional documentation.