From 23 to 26 March 2015, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) performed an audit of the Åsgard A floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) in the central Norwegian Sea.
This 278 long and 45 meters wide FPSO started production sixteen years ago.
According to the PSA, the objective of the audit was to verify that Statoil’s management and follow-up of barriers complied with the company’s and the authorities’ requirements.
The PSA reports that eight non-conformities were identified, in connection with: risk management, risk-reduction principles, risk analysis and emergency preparedness analysis, fire divisions, non-conformity handling, fire protection, ignition source control, and gas detection.
In addition, seven improvement points were identified in connection with: decision support, communication of information, barrier management, gas emissions system, documentation, competence, and evacuation routes and equipment cabinet for response teams.
Statoil has been given a deadline of July 10, 2015 to report on how the non-conformities and improvement points will be dealt with.
Åsgard is an oil field in the central Norwegian Sea in 240-300 metres of water. It has been developed using subsea-completed wells tied to a production and storage vessel Åsgard A and a mobile semi-submersible platform, Åsgard B. The Åsgard field has been developed in two stages. The PDO for the field was approved in 1996 and production began in 1999, with gas export starting in 2000.