Offshore safety watchdog probes jack-up West Linus

west-linusNorwegian offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has revealed audit results for North Atlantic Drilling’s capacity and competence within drilling and the arrangements for employee participation at the jack-up rig, the West Linus.

PSA said on Wednesday that the audit at the West Linus jack-up rig was done from May 19 to May 25.

The aim of the audit was to see how the drilling contractor ensures and monitors that the company has adequate capacity and competence during drilling following major changes in the workforce composition.

PSA also said that it wanted to see how North Atlantic Drilling arranges for employee participation through participation in the working environment committee and the safety service on board.

The audit revealed one non-conformity relating to functional testing while six identified improvement points were related to training and competence, mapping, verification, documentation, classification and drilling schedules.

North Atlantic Drilling has been given a deadline by the safety agency to report on how the non-conformity and improvement points will be dealt with by August 19.

West Linus was constructed at Jurong Shipyard in Singapore and delivered in 2014. The rig is designed to operate in harsh environments, in water-depths up to 150 m with drilling depths down to 10,670 m.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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