The audit was carried out between 11 and 20 January 2021.


The objective was to conduct an audit of Equinor’s management aimed at reducing risk, on the topics of:

- holistic risk management

- robust operations and maintenance

- barrier management


Nine non-conformities were identified, relating to:

  • Barrier management
  • Ignition source control
  • Maintenance programme for cable and pipe penetrations
  • Planning and prioritisation
  • The basis for evaluating maintenance effectiveness
  • Compliance with internal requirements on the use of composite gratings
  • Competence requirements and training of offshore managers
  • Capacity and competence of Equinor's offshore personnel
  • Risk reduction

In addition, two improvement points were identified, relating to:

  • HSE management
  • Better dissemination of information

What happens next?

We have asked Equinor to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed. We have also asked the company for their assessment of the improvement points observed. The deadline for reply is set at 16 April 2021.