Norway's PSA Says No Order Issued to Total and AKOP

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has decided not to issue an order to Total E&P Norge As (Total) and Aker Kvaerner Offshore Partner (AKOP) as previously notified after violations of regulatory provisions were discovered on the Frigg field earlier this year.

In May and June, the PSA conducted an audit of management of the working environment in the removal phase (removal and disposal of offshore installations at the end of lifetime) aimed at Total and AKOP's activities on the Frigg field.

Several weaknesses
The audit uncovered several weaknesses in management systems for follow-up of the working environment in the removal project - eight nonconformities and two elements with potential for improvement. The nonconformities included potential exposure to exhaust gases from torch cutting on painted surfaces. Total stopped all activities involving hot work on painted surfaces until adequate measures had been implemented.

Measures implemented
Based on documentation and information received from Total and AKOP, the PSA is of the opinion that large portions of the basis for the notification of order no longer exist. The companies have identified and implemented measures to ensure that the work operations are planned and carried out in a prudent manner.

The PSA will follow up the implementation of the action plan in the months to come.