Havtil probes diver safety issue at Barents Sea Goliat Field

June 11, 2024
Havtil is investigating incidents of decompression sickness at the Goliat Field, and the authority also explains why it rejected a Shelf Drilling AoC jackup application.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway — Havtil, the Norwegian Ocean Industry Authority, is investigating several incidents of decompression sickness at the Goliat Field in the Barents Sea.

These occurred on May 21 and June 2 in connection with planned diving operations at the Vår Energi-operated Goliat Field. Three people experienced decompression sickness.

Havtil’s team has started an investigation.

The authority has also explained why it rejected Shelf Drilling (Norway)’s application for acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) for the Shelf Drilling Barsk jackup.

A review of the application found safety-critical regulatory nonconformities related to the identification of technical, operational and organizational barriers, the classification of equipment and systems, and maintenance schedules.

Further nonconformities were linked to the safety clearance of activities for safe operation of the rig.

The work needed to address these irregularities is extensive and time-consuming, Havtil added.