PSA looks into Statoil’s Heimdal operations

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Statoil’s Heimdal operations, in the North Sea, offshore Norway. 

Heimdal is a gas field lying under 120 metres of water in the central North Sea. The Heimdal Gas Center is a hub for the processing and distribution of gas. It consists of an integrated steel platform, and a riser platform.

The auditors inspected Statoil’s administration and management of materials handling, the technical condition of lifting equipment and the company’s management of lifting equipment maintenance, the organisation of plugging operations including the installation, organisation and use of modular drilling rigs (MDR) and the organisation of the working environment domain at Heimdal.

According to the PSA, the objective of the activity was also to verify the planning and execution of plugging and lifting operations.

The PSA has identified non-conformities in connection with chemical exposure, ignition sources, lifting operations, training and competence, and control of wire ropes.

In addition, improvement points were identified in connection with offshore cranes, protective structures and bumpers, planning of lifting operations, enterprise of competence certification, cementing unit access, lifting gear, cargo deck, and noise.

The PSA has given Statoil a deadline of August 24, 2015 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be dealt with.

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