Offshore safety body spots improvement points during Fenja audit

Fenja development. Source: VNG Norge

Norwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found two improvement points during an audit of Neptune Energy and its follow-up of the riser delivery for the Fenja field off Norway. 

The PSA said on Monday that the audit was conducted on April 4, 2019.

Neptune is the operator of the Fenja field, which is presently under development in the Norwegian Sea. The six-well field will be developed as a subsea tieback to Equinor’s Njord A facilities, 35 kilometers to the northeast.

Equinor is the project manager for the delivery of the risers and Neptune for the pipelines and jumpers.

The safety body added that the audit focused on Neptune’s handling of the overall project, interface and follow-up, and supervisory duty in respect of the riser delivery.

As for the objective of the audit, it was to monitor that Neptune established a system for following up the delivery of flexible pipelines for Fenja and to see how it is ensuring the integrity of the development project.

There was a secondary objective of seeing how the company ensures that the delivery complies with its requirements as well as regulatory requirements.

During the audit, improvement points were observed regarding follow-up of non-conformities in the management system and technical requirements for flexible pipelines.

The PSA told Neptune to provide its assessment of the improvement points observed before June 15, 2019.

The Fenja field is estimated to hold 100 million barrels of oil. Formerly known as the Pil and Bue discoveries, it was granted approval for development by the Norwegian government in April 2018 and is expected to start production in 2021 following an investment of around $1.2 billion.

Neptune took over the operatorship of Fenja in December 2018 following the integration with VNG Norge, a Norwegian unit of German natural gas company VNG AG which Neptune bought in September 2018.


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