The audit was carried out between 4 June and 23 September 2020 and included the domains of technical safety, electrical facilities and process safety.


Neptune Energy is the operator of the Gjøa field in the North Sea. There are currently three subsea projects in progress that will be tied to and produced via the Gjøa facility.

This applies to the development of the P1 project (included in the Gjøa field), along with the Duva field (where Neptune Energy is the operator) and the Nova field (where Wintershall Dea is the operator).

The projects entail a need for modifications, altered operating conditions and a high level of activity on board the Gjøa facility.


The aim of the audit was to assess Neptune Energy's compliance with the regulations for the total design solution on the Gjøa facility with associated new subsea facilities.


The audit identified two regulatory non-conformities, as well as one matter that is categorized as an improvement point.

The non-conformities concerned deficiencies in fixed fire-fighting facilities and a lack of assessment of new knowledge concerning fires. The improvement point concerned overpressure protection.

Follow-up of previous audits

During the audit, we also followed up on how Neptune Energy has addressed certain previously identified non-conformities. This concerned non-conformities identified in an audit of 2019 of the management of technical barriers at Gjøa and follow-up of a condensate leak incident on 21 June 2017.

We found that the following non-conformity had not been fully addressed in line with the company’s feedback of 26 September 2019:

  • Non-conformity concerning updated analyses and assessments

What happens now?

We have asked Neptune Energy to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed and for their assessment of the improvement point observed.

We have also asked for a description of how previously identified non-conformities will be addressed and to be sent a binding, time-delimited schedule.