The audit of Point Resources and Ringhorne was conducted from 19 to 23 November 2018.
As a result of the merger between Point Resources and Eni Norge, the operator of Ringhorne is now Vår Energi.
The objective of the audit was to monitor how the operator is complying with the technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements for electrical and associated facilities on the Ringhorne facility.
Our impression of the areas investigated was primarily positive. The responsible person for the electrical facilities appeared to have been given the necessary framework conditions for performing his role.
Furthermore, the company’s work appeared to be targeted and focused on relevant issues. We recorded a generally good standard for the installation and equipment in the inspected areas.
However, the company’s follow-up of investigated performance standards appeared to be deficient. We also registered quality issues in this respect. In addition, certain challenges relating to the follow-up of electrical safety were noted.
Non-conformities were identified relating to ignition source control, emergency lighting, CAP panels in the control room and alarm logging station, electrical installations, and work in and operation of electrical facilities.
We also observed improvement points relating to the emergency power system, temporary equipment and testing of the heating cable installation.
What happens next?
We have asked Vår Energi to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed. We have also asked the company for their assessments of the improvement points we observed.
The deadline for feedback has been set at 4 March 2019.