The audit focused on the operating company, Equinor, the drilling contractor, Archer, and the drilling and well service company, Schlumberger, and was conducted between 20 September and 2 December 2019.


In the winter of 2019, we held a series of meetings with drilling contractors and drilling and well service companies which had been awarded fully integrated contracts for Equinor’s fixed facilities.

We wanted to find out about the status and the experiences to date of the companies involved in the new fully integrated contracts for the Gullfaks A facility.


The objective of the audit was to examine how Equinor, Archer and Schlumberger are managing major accident and working environment risk under the changed framework conditions in contracts for fixed facilities.


Four regulatory non-conformities were identified. These concerned:

  • Management of health, safety and the environment
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Work arrangements
  • Information and communication

In addition, one condition categorised as an improvement point was observed. This concerned:

  • Extra screen in room behind driller’s cabin

What happens now?

We have asked Equinor to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed. We have also asked for an assessment of the improvement point observed.

The deadline for replying is set at 9 March 2020.