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Audit of major accident risk at Kårstø

The PSA conducted an audit of the Kårstø facility during the period 24-26 October 2005. The audit was limited to the risk of major accidents. Based on the audit report, we have issued a notification of order to Gassco AS (Gassco).


Background for the audit

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is to set the standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain a high level of quality in the fields of health, safety, environment and emergency preparedness, and through this, also help to create the greatest possible values for the Norwegian society.

The PSA shall also contribute to reducing the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up to ensure that the players facilitate technical and operational integrity in the activities.

The Norwegian authorities are obliged to carry out annual checks to ensure that the requirements of the major accident regulations are observed. This audit is based on the major accident regulations, where the objective is to prevent major accidents involving dangerous chemicals, as well as to contain the consequences a potential major accident could have on human beings, the environment and material assets.

Kårstø (Source: Statoil)

Kårstø (Source: Statoil)

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to evaluate whether the enterprise has sufficient control over factors related to the risk of major accidents, including training/competence, mechanical integrity, technical changes and operational procedures.

Result of the audit

The Kårstø organization is working on several factors that will contribute to improving the safety work:

  • A 25-point list has been prepared to ensure learning from incidents.
  • Management rounds and use of open safety talks have been systematized and are followed up.
  • Statoil arranges "Christmas meetings" with the closest neighbors, during which information is also provided.
  • Supervisors review operational procedures once each year and this is recorded in Statoil's measurement system.
  • From 2006, there will be a requirement that the review of procedures be divided evenly throughout the year.
  • The "PA" operations department is clearly in control with regard to all factors related to operations.

The following nonconformances and improvement points were pointed out:

  • The safety report update has not been completed after the facility was expanded.
  • Written information to neighbors has not been updated after the facility was expanded.
  • The information to the neighbors has not been updated after Gassco took over as operator.
  • In connection with approval of work permits, no restrictions are placed on the amount of hot work or scaffolding work in the process area.

Based on the audit report, we have issued the following notification of order to Gassco, ref. provisional regulations of 19 December 2003 relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land, etc. (provisional regulations), Section 51:

"Pursuant to Section 24 of the provisional regulations, cf. Section 10 of the major accident regulations, Gassco is ordered to update the Safety Report as described in Section 9 of the major accident regulations by the end of 2005. Gassco is also ordered to introduce the necessary systems so that the safety report is updated in accordance with the major accident regulations in the future, cf. Appendix III of the major accident regulations."

"Pursuant to Section 24 of the provisional regulations, cf. Section 12 of the major accident regulations, Gassco is ordered to introduce the necessary systems so that information provided to the public is reviewed as needed, or at least every third year."

Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda
Press spokesperson
E-mail:
inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: + 47 970 54 064