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PSA finds “serious” regulatory violations at BP facilities in Norwegian sector of North Sea

09 June 2016

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has issued orders to BP covering its ageing facilities on the Ula and Valhall fields in the North Sea. According to the order, BP must systematically review and map all areas and systems in respect of materials handling, and assess fulfilment of the requirements relating to prudent materials handling for both fields.

The Ula field - Image: BP
The Ula field - Image: BP

BP must also review and assess systems for management of the maintenance of offshore cranes to ensure that the maintenance program and its execution are adapted to the age and condition of the facilities and equipment. In addition, it must implement measures relating to the follow-up of technical faults and defects revealed by the maintenance history and in notifications from "enterprises of competence" following annual checks of lifting equipment.

The UK group was also ordered to implement measures for defining and coordinating areas of responsibility and authority in respect of crane maintenance; and to implement measures to reduce the risk of ignition of stray gas clouds linked to ignition sources in the engine room for diesel-powered offshore cranes.

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