Noble Drilling has applied for an Acknowledgement of Compliance for the Noble Lloyd Noble mobile drilling facility.

In connection with an AoC application, the PSA conducts audits within selected specialist domains.

From 25 May to 16 June 2021, we carried out an audit of Noble Drilling’s management of maintenance for Noble Lloyd Noble.


The objective of the audit was to verify the technical condition, organisation, preparations for operation and relevant documents in the management system for monitoring compliance with the requirements in the petroleum regulations. This audit formed part of our case processing of the AoC application.


The audit identified deficiencies in the management of maintenance for Noble Lloyd Noble. The system for maintenance management is in development and was not ready or compliant with the requirements in Norwegian legislation for operation in Norway.

Deficiencies in maintenance management are stated as a combined non-conformity with reference to section 45 of the Activities Regulations concerning maintenance. The audit also showed deficiencies in the establishment of governing documents and the implementation of the company’s own follow-up activities.

We identified non-conformities in the following areas:

  • Maintenance and maintenance system
  • Governing documents
  • Internal verifications

What happens now?

We have asked Noble Drilling to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed.

Before we issue an AoC, the company must have corrected all known safety-critical non-conformities, and the facility must have been issued with maritime certificates from the appropriate flag state.