PSA critical of North Sea Visund A drilling regime

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has identified various irregularities in planning and execution of drilling and well operations at the Visund A platform in the North Sea.

Offshore staff

OSLO, NorwayPetroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has identified various irregularities in planning and execution of drilling and well operations at the Visund A platform in the North Sea.

An audit earlier this year highlighted regulatory non-conformities concerning the diverter system in the BOP stack; pressure control equipment; and operatorStatoil’s follow-up and assessment of maintenance, maintenance effectiveness, and maintenance history in the drilling facility.

In addition, the audit team found room for improvement in the following:

  • Certified well-control competence for individual job positions
  • Roles and requirements for competence concerning risk assessments
  • Identification and description of safety-critical tasks
  • Information for the safety delegate service
  • Information dissemination and employee participation in connection with change processes.

The PSA has given Statoil until Sept. 25 to respond on how it intends to deal with the non-conformities.

09/18/2017

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