The purpose of the audit, which comprised Statoil, Shell, Det Norske, Lundin and OMV, was to examine which requirements and measures the different operators had established, in general terms and for a specific well they had drilled in the last year. As a background to the audits were the incidents at Montara in 2009 and Macondo in 2010.
The audits performed confirmed that all the companies had established plans for capping and that agreements have been signed concerning the availability of equipment in the event of a blowout. Agreements were also in place with companies offering services and expertise in operating this equipment.
The audits identified differences between the different companies in relation to
In the light of the object of the audits and the observations we made, we decided to summarise all the factors in a joint letter to the companies, without associating the different findings specifically with individual operators. This has been done to ensure good transfer of experience from the audits.
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