Order to Gassco and Equinor Following Incident on Draupner

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 2/4/2021, Location: Europe

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued an order to Gassco and Equinor following an incident in 2020 involving the loss of safety functions on the Draupner facilities.

Conditions occurred on the Draupner S and E platforms on 22 September which meant that safety-critical systems ceased to function while normal operation was maintained for more than half a day.

These two North Sea facilities form part of the pipeline network for gas transport on the Norwegian continental shelf.

They are operated by Gassco, which uses Equinor as its technical service provider.

It emerges from the Gassco/Equinor investigation report concerning the incident that the automatic emergency shutdown (ESD) system was not functioning, and that the facilities would thereby have failed to shut down as intended should the need have arisen.

The PSA takes the view that Gassco and Equinor handled the nonconformity which arose on the relevant date inadequately.

Order
The PSA regards the way the companies handled the incident as a serious breach of the regulations, and Gassco og Equinor have therefore been given the following order.

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, Gassco AS and Equinor Energy AS are given the following order with respect to the Draupner facilities.


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