PSA Carries Audit of Seadrill in Respect of Electrical Facilities

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 2/18/2021, Location: Europe

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of Seadrill Europe Management AS (Seadrill) in respect of electrical facilities and technical safety at West Bollsta. The audit revealed serious regulatory breaches and we are now issuing the company with a notification of order.

Electrical installations Technical safety
The audit was conducted between 2 and 10 December 2020.

Objective
The objective of the audit was to monitor that the operation of electrical facilities and the requirements for responsible persons for electrical facilities are being met in compliance with the regulations.

We also monitored that technical safety systems are being operated and maintained in conformity with the requirements and that issues identified as a result of the AoC process have been rectified.

In addition, we verified whether winter operations along with associated technical, operational and organisational barriers are being conducted in compliance with the requirements.

Result
Eleven non-conformities and two improvement points were identified.

The non-conformities related to:

The AoC application, manning and competence
Emergency power systems
Ignition source control
Ventilation systems
Active fire protection
Passive fire protection
Open drainage system
Maintenance system
Winterisation
Electrical facilities and installations
Work in and operation of electrical facilities

The improvement points related to:
Control systems
Technical operating documents
Notification of order

We have identified serious regulatory breaches and hereby notify Seadrill of the following order:
Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, Seadrill Europe Management AS is ordered to:

1. Systematically review and map available manning and competence in the company’s onshore organisation and at West Bollsta in order to ensure that the facility can be operated prudently during normal operations and in the event of hazard and accident situations. Corrective measures shall be implemented such that the manning and competence available are sufficient for ensuring that use of the facility is at all times compliant with its technical condition and the prerequisites for use defined for prudent activities, including notably being able to identify and address barrier weaknesses. The above is pursuant to the Management Regulations, sections 5 concerning barriers; 6, first para, concerning the management of health, safety and the environment; 14 concerning manning and competence; 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities; and the Activities Regulations, section 25, first para, concerning the use of facilities.

2. Systematically review the company’s systems for following up barriers. Corrective measures shall be implemented such that the systematic follow-up contributes to identifying and correcting technical, operational and organisational weaknesses, faults and omissions in relation to safety-critical barrier elements. This also entails the obligation to ensure necessary oversight and control of the technical condition. The above is pursuant to the Management Regulations, sections 5 concerning barriers; 6, first para, concerning the management of health, safety and the environment; and 21, first and second paras, concerning follow-up.

3. Present a binding and time-delimited schedule for corrective measures that specifies the priority of the measures and describes any compensatory measures to be implemented until the non-conformities have been corrected, with reference to the Management Regulations, sections 12 concerning planning and 22 concerning the handling of non-conformities.

The PSA is to be notified when the order has been carried out. The deadline for complying with sections 1 and 2 of the order is set at 24 September 2021 and with section 3 at 26 March 2021.


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