Offshore watchdog looks into emergency preparedness on Statfjord B

Norway’s offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has found one non-conformity and one improvement point during an audit of Statoil’s Statfjord B platform located in the North Sea. 

The offshore safety regulator said on Wednesday that it had identified one non-conformity relating to manning and an improvement point in connection with mapping and risk assessments.

The PSA added that the aim of the audit was to assess management of emergency preparedness on the platform. Also, PSA looked at the Statoil’s management of the working environment for catering during a period of change processes at Statfjord B.

Beside Statoil, the agency also looked into the management of emergency preparedness of Coor Service Management, the company in charge of catering on the platform. Namely, in January 2015, Statoil awarded the contract for offshore facility services on the Statfjord and Snorre fields to Coor for NOK 1.1 billion over a five-year period. The contract included an option for a three-year extension and started in July 2015.

The PSA added that it asked Statoil for feedback on how the company would assess these matters by September 15.

Statfjord is an oil field in the Tampen area of the North Sea, on the border between the Norwegian and UK sectors. The field has been developed with three fully integrated platforms Statfjord A, B, and C. Statfjord B is in the southern sector of the field and came on stream in 1982.

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