StatoilHyro's Kristin Facility Passes Audit of Emergency Preparedness

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway carried out an audit of emergency preparedness on the Kristin facility during March 31, 2008 - April 2, 2008. The general impression following this audit is that the emergency preparedness on board the facility is safeguarded in a satisfactory manner.

During the audit, they particularly emphasized the facility's means of evacuation, the emergency response organization, emergency response equipment and the personnel's qualifications in relation to the emergency preparedness functions they will perform.

The audit was carried out by reviewing documents, conducting interviews, conversations and verifications.

The purpose of the audit was to verify that StatoilHydro safeguards emergency preparedness-related issues on Kristin in accordance with regulatory requirements, including organization and safeguarding of its own emergency response organization, means of evacuation, maintenance of the emergency response equipment and maintenance of the qualifications of personnel in relation to the emergency preparedness functions they will perform.

The audit revealed no nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements. However, they observed the items with a potential for improvement such as a deficient systematic for carrying out training and drills for deputy members of the emergency response organization. An overview of actions following training and drills is not readily available. A discrepancy between StatoilHydro's governing document, WR 1156, and the practical implementation of the maritime coordinator's task in connection with flagging of crane in MOB boat activities. A deficient systematic in connection with follow-up of competence in the emergency response organization and D & V Lead has no qualifications as OIM.

An emergency preparedness drill was carried out involving a scenario with a gas leak in the process module and injured personnel. The SAR helicopter from Heidrun participated in the drill. An MOB drill was also carried out. Our general impression after the audit is that  emergency preparedness on board Kristin is safeguarded in a satisfactory manner.