From 5 to 8 February 2018, we carried out an audit of Norske Shell and the company's management of technical barriers at Draugen within the disciplines of technical safety and surface protection.


In the letter of allocation from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, one of the priority tasks for 2018 is that The risk is major accidents in the petroleum sector shall be reduced. We are to conduct audits of the robustness of technical and organisational solutions and the risk of hydrocarbon leaks, and this audit is anchored in this requirement.


The objective of the audit was to verify how Shell is ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements linked to technical barriers and maintenance at Draugen.

The audit covered selected themes within:

  • Organisation, roles and responsibilities
  • Management of barriers and maintenance
  • Operational procedures/work processes
  • Planning and execution of work
  • Change and deviation management
  • Modification projects


Four non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • Process fires
  • Performance requirements
  • Firewater system
  • Warning and notification of hazard and accident situations

In addition, improvement points were identified in connection with:

  • Firefighting using fixed CO2 xtinguishing systems
  • Passive fire protection
  • Reporting and follow-up of barriers in the maintenance system
  • Automatic firewater deluge in the event of confirmed gas detection

Norske Shell has been given a deadline of 31 May 2018 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be addressed.