From 20-22 June 2013, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of the follow-up by ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COPSAS) and its contractors of groups exposed to risk in connection with removal work at Albuskjell 1/6A.
During the audit, non-conformities with the regulations were identified in respect of COPSAS's follow-up of working hours schemes for a group of personnel hired for Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) from different Asian staffing agencies.
On this basis, the PSA issued ConocoPhillips with a notification of order.
In conformity with the notification, ConocoPhillips is issued with the following order:
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations, on administrative decisions, see section 37, second subsection of the framework regulations, on ordinary working hours; section 39, third subsection, on off-duty periods; section 42, first subsection, on offshore periods; see section 7 of the framework regulations, on responsibilities pursuant to these regulations and section 23, on general requirements for material and information, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS is ordered to ensure and document that the working hours schemes in connection with the removal activities are in compliance with the provisions referred to.
The deadline for complying with the order is set at one week after the order is issued. We are to be notified when the order has been carried out.
Explanation of the terms "order" and "notification of order"
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we generally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.
A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA's case processing in which we request the party to assess the factual basis. The notification is only the first step before an administrative decision is made.
An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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