West Phoenix Audit IDs 'Some Non-Conformities'

During the period 26-28 February 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Seadrill Management AS (Seadrill) related to maintenance management, crane and lifting operations as well as emergency preparedness on the mobile drilling facility West Phoenix. The audit was linked to Seadrill's application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the facility.

During the audit, the West Phoenix was at the Samsung yard in Korea. The activities were implemented by means of document reviews, conversations and verifications on board. Two meetings were also held in Seadrill's offices in Stavanger, in addition to the activity in Korea.

Background for the audit

The audit was part of our processing of Seadrill's application for an AoC for the West Phoenix. According to the plan, the facility will commence drilling activities on the Norwegian continental shelf in the summer of 2008.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to verify that management and technical aspects linked to maintenance management, crane and lifting operations as well as emergency preparedness concur with the AoC application and comply with prevailing regulatory requirements.

Result of the audit

As regards the maintenance management discipline, our audit particularly targeted safety-critical equipment. Seadrill has carried out extensive work to establish maintenance programs, conduct criticality assessments and record equipment in the company's database.

Nevertheless, we did identify some nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements, as well as improvement items related to labeling of equipment, lack of history for equipment in use and missing certificates. The maintenance database was not operative on board the facility, which complicated necessary training of new personnel who are to perform maintenance in connection with the voyage to Norway.

As regards the crane and lifting discipline, we proved non-conformities of both a technical and administrative nature; including the fact that the system for training and exercises does not comply with relevant regulatory requirements.

In the area of emergency preparedness, one non-conformity was identified in relation to the requirement for use of the Norwegian language.

Improvement items were identified within establishment of emergency preparedness and planning of training and exercises prior to starting operations on the Norwegian shelf. Improvement items were also noted as regards signposting and labeling of escape routes and storage of rescue and firefighting equipment.

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