Statoil’s Gina Krog safety review reveals improvement points

Norwegian offshore safety inspectors have found room for improvement when it comes to Statoil’s Gina Krog field development in the North Sea, offshore Norway.

During a recent inspection of Statoil’s risk and barrier management at the project, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) did not find any major irregularities.

However, the safety watchdog, which oversees more than 75 permanent installations and over 40 mobile units on the NCS, has identified five improvement points for Statoil to tackle.

Namely, the PSA said that improvements could be made with regards to risk matrixes, ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable), systems and processes for barrier management, vulnerability analysis and area classification and ignition source control.

In accordance with the findings, Statoil has been given a deadline of December 7, 2015, to report on how the improvement points will be dealt with.

Gina Krog

Statoil is developing the Gina Krog oil and gas field, formerly known as Dagny, with a platform resting on the seabed, and the development wells drilled with a jack-up drilling rig.

The liquid will be transported via a tanker, and the gas via the Sleipner field. The lower part of the platform, the jacket, was built by Dutch company Heerema, and was recently installed at the offshore location, The topsides are being built by Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine and Engineering (DSME) in South Korea.

The Gina Krog field is located 30 kilometers northwest of the Sleipner field and around 250 kilometers southwest of Stavanger, Norway. The development has an estimated 225 million barrels of oil and gas. Sanctioned in 2013, the Gina Krog development is expected to start producing oil and gas in early 2017.

Offshore Energy Today Staff


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