A number of major accidents involving loss of human life have occurred globally as a result of structural failure. A brief description of some challenges facing the industry is provided here.
The major accident of 6 July 1988, when Britain’s Piper Alpha facility caught fire and exploded, remains one of the worst imaginable scenarios for everyone working in and with the petroleum industry. Its lessons are still relevant.
We have carried out an audit of Prosafe and Equinor Energy AS (Equinor) focused on the management of emergency preparedness, logistics, the working environment and employee participation on Safe Scandinavia.
We have carried out an audit of Equinor Energy AS (Equinor) focused on the helideck and management of emergency preparedness at Oseberg Øst.
We have held meetings with three drilling and well-service contractors in order to gain knowledge of how these companies are involved in the planning, performance and evaluation of cementing operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
From 19 to 22 March 2018, we carried out an audit of Equinor's (formerly Statoil) follow-up of vibration and cable chafing at Kristin. The audit also comprised general aspects of technical integrity and barrier management.
From 10 to 18 April 2018, we carried out an audit of COSL Drilling Europe (CDE) and the company's follow-up of electrical facilities, technical safety and drilling-related systems on COSLInnovator.
On 22 March 2018, we carried out an audit of Point Resources' planning and execution of permanent plugging of wells at Jotun B.
The PSA has launched an investigation into a lifting incident on the Jotun B facility in the Norwegian North Sea on 19 May 2018.
Repsol Norge AS has received consent to remove the Varg A wellhead facility.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has informed manufacturers, importers and suppliers in identical letters about the danger of using flat-braided steel slings.