PSA probes Draupner for emergency preparedness (Norway)

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has carried out an audit of emergency preparedness and radio and telecommunications systems at Draupner platforms in the North Sea. 

Gassco is the operator of the platforms while Statoil provides technical services. The Draupner S and Draupner E platforms constitute a key node in the gas pipeline system in the North Sea. The platforms stand in 70 metres of water in block 16/11. They stand close together and are linked by a bridge. The Draupner S and Draupner E were installed in 1984 and 1994, respectively.

On 15 and 16 October 2014, the PSA conducted an audit of emergency preparedness and radio and telecommunications systems for these platforms. The audit was carried out on board Draupner E, with technical assistance from Telenor Maritim Radio’s radio inspection agency.

Within emergency preparedness, the PSA says that the audit focused on the dimensioning, handling and follow-up of emergency preparedness on board. The PSA adds that with regard to emergency communications, the purpose was to verify the technical condition, maintenance and use of radio and telecommunications systems on the platform.

The PSA notes that the audit identified one non-conformity linked to VHF radio output power.

In addition, improvement points were identified in connection with: storage of firefighters’ equipment; PA/GA systems; guidelines for fall arrest teams; radio equipment in alternative emergency preparedness centre; and marking relating to emergency radio equipment.

Image: Gassco

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