The objective of the audit was to verify that Statoil's management and follow-up of barriers complied with the company's and the authorities' requirements.


Four non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • Design loads for fire
  • Pressure control equipment
  • Alarm load in central control room
  • Transfer of experience

In addition, four improvement points were identified in connection with:

  • Barrier management – barrier strategy
  • Training and system documentation
  • Knowledge of performance of barrier element (BOP)
  • Suspension of cables in fibre straps

Statoil has been given a deadline of 6 June 2016 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be dealt with.


Kvitebjørn is a field in the Tampen area in the northern part of the North Sea, 15 kilometres southeast of the Gullfaks field. The water depth in the area is 190 metres. Kvitebjørn was discovered in 1994, and the plan for development and operations (PDO) was approved in 2000. The field is developed with an integrated accommodation, drilling and processing facility with a steel jacket. Production started in 2004.

Source: norskpetroleum.no