Norway's PSA Issues Orders in Connection with Jotun Gas Leak


Jotun Field, North Sea
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The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has issued orders to ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS after the gas leak from the Jotun A export pipeline on August 20, 2004.

The PSA investigated the incident and identified factors including failure of barriers and barrier weaknesses linked to installation and inspection of the gas export system, as well as the manner in which ExxonMobil handled the incident.

As a consequence of this, the company was notified of two orders in December 2004.

After receiving the company's response, we have now issued the following orders, as indicated:

  • Pursuant to Section 13 of the Framework Regulations relating to the duty to establish, follow up and further develop management systems, Section 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to handling of situations of hazard and accident, and Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, ExxonMobil is ordered to review its management systems related to handling of hazard and accident situations to ensure that necessary actions are taken in connection with the handling of such situations.


  • Pursuant to Section 13 of the Framework Regulations relating to the duty to establish, follow up and further develop management systems, Section 24 of the Framework Regulations relating to Development concepts, Section 20 of the Management Regulations relating to Handling of non-conformities, Section 44 of the Activities Regulations relating to Maintenance programs and Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to Individual decisions, ExxonMobil is ordered to review its management systems to ensure that necessary evaluations related to the trawl clearance requirement are implemented in connection with development and operations in the petroleum activities.

    Among other things, this review must ensure that established systems for handling non-conformities are implemented, and that the maintenance programs developed can prevent error situations that are caused by external factors such as fishing gear.


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