PSA finds flaws on Goliat FPSO electrical installations

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has inspected Eni Norge’s follow-up of electrical installation requirements on Goliat, the circular floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), in the Barents Sea.

The Goliat FPSO is a circular FPSO of the Sevan 1000 type used for the development of the Goliat field in the Barents Sea. Goliat’s energy needs are met partially by electricity supplied by cable from onshore and partially by a gas turbine generator on board the facility.

The PSA has carried out an audit of Eni Norge’s efforts to ensure compliance with the electrical installation requirements in the petroleum regulations. The audit was conducted through meetings and presentations at Eni Norge’s premises in Forus on September 1, 2015, and interviews and checks on the Goliat FPSO vessel in the period September 7-10, 2015.

As a result, the regulator identified non-conformities relating to completion and handover to the operational organisation, ignition source control, emergency power, emergency lighting, electrical installations, escape routes from high-voltage installation rooms, maintenance of electrical equipment, and bridging of safety functions.

In addition, the PSA has found improvement points in connection with gas detectors of HVAC intakes and ducts, organisation of electrical staff, fire detectors and manual activation of electrical isolation, test method for heating cables, personnel responsible for the electrical installations, internal communications facilities, evacuation routes, and overview of temporary equipment.

Eni Norge AS is the operator of the Goliat licence PL229/229B with 65% stake, and Statoil Petroleum AS with 35%.

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