The PSA must have an overview of the HSE challenges in the petroleum activity and contribute to create a unified and comprehensive picture of risk factors in the industry as a basis for implementing preventive measures. Managing major accident risk requires understanding of the complex interaction between people, technology and organisations. Introducing new information and communication technology along with associated new work processes creates challenges that are common for many players in the petroleum activities. We started the mentioned audit activity to contribute to the development of robust work processes and to improve safety.
The objective of the audit was to investigate how Statoil ensures the work processes within drilling and well activities, and the decisions connected to these, as well as how the company maintains health, safety and the environment (HSE) requirements.
The following topics were reported and reviewed during the audit activity:
− Organisation of drilling and well activities for the Snorre field
− Change management in connection with a drilling operation, including interaction between onshore and offshore and all involved parties
− Human factors when designing the work processes (interaction onshore and offshore.
− Acquisition, processing and use of real-time data
− Use of simulation and visualisation to support decisions
− ICT security
Three improvement items were identified during the audit activity in connection with, respectively
− Responsibility and management related to ICT security
− Updating technical operating documents
− Interfaces in work process description