The audit was conducted from 21 April to 13 May 2022.


The objective of the audit was to verify that Equinor's management and follow-up of barriers at Åsgard A comply with the authorities' requirements.


The audit identified seven non-conformities and three improvement points.

The non-conformities included:

  • Deficient non-conformity handling
  • Inadequacies in decision support and decision-making criteria
  • Deficiencies in emergency power systems
  • Deficient ignition source control
  • Inadequacies in maintenance programme for the emergency shutdown system
  • Deficient updating of documentation
  • Overpressure protection

The improvement points included:

  • Follow-up of barrier performance
  • Inadequacies in overpressure protection of the annulus in some wells
  • Deficiencies in marking and signage in the facility

What happens now?

We have asked Equinor to report to us by 16 September 2022 on how the non-conformities will be addressed, and for their assessment of the improvement points observed.