Conducted between 19-28 September 2017, the audit aimed to follow-up how Eni complied with technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements related to the electrical facilities on the Goliat FPSO.
Attention was directed particularly at electrical safety and the person in charge of the electrical facilities. In addition, certain findings from earlier audits were followed up.
The report from the audit has now been completed, and identifies further breaches of the regulations.
During the audit, nonconformities were identified relating to:
- Follow-up and handling of nonconformities
- Electrical safety and the person responsible for the electrical facilities
- Management and risk assessment of conditions related to ignition source control
Furthermore, improvement points were identified relating to:
- Reporting of situations of hazards and accidents
- Planning and setting of priorities
- Heating-cable installation
- Safety supervisor
On the basis of the nonconformities identified, the PSA has now given Eni Norge AS the following order:
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6, 21 and 22 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, on follow-up, and on handling of nonconformities respectively, see sections 10, 10a, 47 and 78 of the facilities regulations on installations, systems and equipment, on ignition source control, on electrical installations, and on ATEX respectively, Eni Norge is ordered to do as follows:
- Review the company’s system for following up identified nonconformities, so that the nonconformities are corrected, their causes are clarified and corrective measures are initiated to prevent the nonconformities reoccurring. The effect of the measures must be evaluated.
- Review all identified nonconformities related to ignition source control, clarify their causes and initiate corrective measures to prevent the nonconformities reoccurring.
- Review nonconformities which have been closed without adequate correction to ensure the necessary handling of the nonconformities and adequate correction. This includes further handling of conditions described in the report’s nonconformity 5.1.1.
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6 and 14 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, and on manning and competence respectively, see sections 21, 24 and 91 of the activities regulations on competence, on procedures, and on work on and operation of electrical installations respectively, Eni Norge is ordered to do as follows:
Conduct a review of the management system for the electrical discipline area and implement the measures necessary to ensure that:
- roles and responsibilities are defined and understood
- necessary procedures, guidelines and instructions have been drawn up and are complied with, and that these are adapted to the extent necessary to site-specific conditions on board
- existing training programmes are evaluated and measures implemented to ensure that relevant training modules are tailored to and implemented for each position on board.
What happens next?
A scheduled plan for complying with the order must be submitted to the PSA no later than 11 December 2017. This plan must describe how the work is to be carried out and followed up, and when the order will be complied with.
Explanation of the terms “order” and “notice of order”
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it generally sends a "notice of order" to the affected companies.
A notice of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA’s administrative process in which it requests the party to assess the factual basis. The notice is only a first step before an administrative decision is made.
An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.