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Audit of Tullow Oil Norge - planning and execution of the drilling of well 31/3-4 using Transocean Barents

On 10 September 2013, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Tullow Oil Norge AS (Tullow) in connection with the company's first drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The audit was directed at Tullow's planning and management of the activities relating to the imminent drilling of exploration well 31/3-4 in production licence 551 using the Transocean Barents mobile drilling facility. The audit formed part of our processing of the company's application for consent to perform this drilling activity.

The objective of the audit was to investigate compliance with the requirements relating to management of health, safety and the environment, with special reference to section 17 of the Framework Regulations concerning the duty to establish, follow up and further develop the company's management system and section 6 of the Management Regulations concerning the management of health, safety and the environment.

On the basis of the application for consent, we asked the company for an account of its organisation, management system and other key elements of the planning and execution of the drilling activities. The audit was conducted through presentations of Tullow's systems in a day-long meeting at the company's premises in Oslo on 10 September 2013.

The company's management system was being implemented locally in the company and the system was not integrated into the international section of the company. A separate system for handling the registration and follow-up of unwanted incidents remained to be established.

It was also disclosed during the audit that the company wishes to perform its tasks using its own employees to the greatest extent possible, in order to restrict the use of consultancy services. It emerged that the company has not yet extended its organisational capacity to cover all the specialist fields involved in the planning and execution of this exploration well project.

There were no non-conformities, but three improvement points were recorded in the audit.

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77