Offshore safety body spots irregularities on Equinor’s Njord A platform

Norwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found irregularities during an audit of Equinor’s Njord A platform.

The Njord A platform being towed by the anchor handling tug supply vessel “KL Sandefjord”. (Photo: Thomas Sola/Equinor)

The offshore safety body said on Tuesday that the audit, conducted from November 11 to 13, 2018, was focused on materials handling, lifting equipment, and the working environment.

The audit is part of a follow-up of the modification project for Njord A and B. Njord A is currently at the Kværner Stord shipyard for modification.

Kvaerner was awarded a framework agreement for the upgrading of the Njord A semi-submersible platform for production beyond 2030.

After being in operation offshore since 1997, the Njord A platform was taken from its offshore location in the Norwegian Sea to shore. It arrived at Kvaerner’s Stord yard in August 2016 for full upgrading of hull and topside. The Njord platform is scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2020.

In addition to production from the Njord field, the platform will also receive oil and gas from the adjacent Bauge, Hyme, and Fenja fields.

PSA added on Tuesday that the objective of the audit was to verify that Equinor was using the opportunity for improvements within materials handling and the working environment for the facilities at Njord A.

The audit identified non-conformities regarding deficient management of the working environment and lack of overarching materials handling philosophy.

The safety body also noted two improvement points regarding a lack of compliance measurement between new and old regulations within materials handling and organization of operationally responsible entity and the possibility of clarifying and managing prudently.

Equinor was told to report on how it intends to address the non-conformities and provide an assessment of the improvement points observed by April 4, 2019.

Share this article

Follow Offshore Energy Today

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Africa Oil Week 2020

For over 25 years Africa Oil Week has been the meeting place for Africa’s most senior E&P stakeholders.

read more >

CERAWeek 2020

 Each year, CERA clients gathered for a few days in Houston…

read more >

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) showcases leading-edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration…

read more >

2020 EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION STANDARDS CONFERENCE ON OILFIELD EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

The development of consensus standards is one of API’s oldest and most successful programs.

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply