PSA takes closer look at Det norske’s Ivar Aasen project

Norway’s offshore safety agency, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has carried out an audit of Det norske’s work on the Ivar Aasen development project offshore Norway.

PSA said on Wednesday that the audit was done on March 7 and April 5-7 and that its goal was to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements for barrier management in the Ivar Aasen development project.

The organization stated that the objective of the audit was to monitor that Det norske, in cooperation with the development project’s stakeholders, was complying with the preconditions in the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO), applicable regulations, standards and the company’s own requirements.

Det norske was told by the PSA that no non-conformities were identified during the audit but that four improvement points were noted. The improvement points regard performance requirements for barrier functions and elements, class H firewall conduit penetrations, cooling water system and control panel for the back-up diesel generator and regarding automatic fuses and their status indication and locking device.

PSA informed Det norske that they must report by June 20 on how the improvement points will be dealt with.

Steel jacket for the field was lifted in place in June 2015 and will soon be fitted with the platform deck completed in the SMOE yard in Singapore last week. The platform deck represents the latest milestone in the development of the Iver Aasen project and it will sail away to Norway shortly.

The Ivar Aasen field is situated west of the Johan Sverdrup field in the central part of the North Sea, and contains approximately 204 million barrels of oil equivalent. The field is Det norske’s first major development project as operator. The development compromises resources in five fields, PL 001B, 028B, 242, 338 and 547.

The field development is on track for start-up of production on December 1, 2016.

Offshore Energy Today Staff