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Notification of order following audit of Heidrun

23 July 2008

During the period 13-30 May 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of StatoilHydro. The purpose of the audit was to verify how the Heidrun organisation utilises cooperation technology to manage health, safety and environment (HSE) in the drilling and well activities.

Notification of order following audit of Heidrun
Notification of order following audit of Heidrun

Information and communication technology (ICT) can contribute to better HSE, but it can also entail new risk elements in the activities on the shelf. The PSA wants to be a driving force to ensure that integrated operations and ICT are utilised to improve the systems and work processes that comprise.

Change processes must be implemented well, and HSE must be an impetus in the development of new solutions. This applies particularly to safety-critical work processes and technical systems that comprise critical operations on the facilities.

Based on findings, the PSA have issued StatoilHydro a notification of order:

StatoilHydro is ordered to review the upgrade project for Heidrun tension leg platform and identify improvement areas regarding distribution of responsibility and management, and thereby ensure transfer of experience to future upgrade projects in the drilling and well areas and regulations relating to management of health, environment and safety.

StatoilHydro is ordered to rectify or compensate for the deficiencies in the driller's cabin, and to complete the instrumentation as well as the procedures for the drilling equipment on Heidrun
Tension leg platform.

The deadline for completing the procedures is set at 1 August 2008. The deadline for complying with the rest of the order is set at 1 December 2008. The results of the review of the upgrade project must be presented to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.

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