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Audit of barrier management at Wintershall

The PSA has carried out an audit of Wintershall's barrier management at Brage.


Wintershall Norge AS (WINO) is the operator of the Brage field, which is an oil field in the North Sea, approx. 13 kilometres east of Oseberg. Brage has been developed using an integrated facility on a steel jacket. The oil from the field is transported by pipeline to Oseberg and from there to the Sture terminal, while gas is transported through Statpipe. Wintershall took over the field's operatorship from Statoil in 2013.

The objective of the audit was to assess how WINO is ensuring compliance with barrier management requirements for the operation and management of the Brage facility.

The audit took place on 26 and 27 October 2016.

A non-conformity was identified in connection with the completion of the barrier management system.

In addition, improvement points were detected in connection with:

  • Inspection history for penetrations in fire walls
  • Facility-specific information in performance standards 

WINO has been given a deadline of 2 January 2017 to report on how the non-conformity will be dealt with and how the improvement points will be assessed.

Eileen Brundtland, Press contact
Email: eileen.brundtland@ptil.no | +47 51 87 35 12