PSA: Order to Eni Norge – electrical safety and person in charge of electrical facilities
Monday, Nov 13, 2017
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has issued an order to Eni Norge (Eni) following an audit of electrical safety and the person in charge of electrical facilities on the Goliat FPSO.

Conducted between 19-28 September 2017, the audit aimed to follow-up how Eni complied with technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements related to the electrical facilities on the Goliat FPSO. Attention was directed particularly at electrical safety and the person in charge of the electrical facilities. In addition, certain findings from earlier audits were followed up.

On the basis of the observations made during the audit and in a meeting with Eni on 4 October, the PSA gave notice of an order to Eni on 5 October and, in accordance with the notice, Eni was ordered on 6 October to complete the systematic survey of potential ignition sources related to electrical motors with Ex construction, and to implement the necessary measures to reduce the threat of ignition as far as possible before production resumed.

Result

The audit report identified further breaches of the regulations.

On the basis of the observations made during the audit, the PSA gave Eni notice of an order on 6 November 2017.

In accordance with the notice, the following order has now been issued to Eni Norge

Part 1

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6, 21 and 22 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, on  follow-up, and on handling of nonconformities respectively, see sections 10, 10a, 47 and 78 of the facilities regulations on installations, systems and equipment, on ignition source control, on electrical installations, and on ATEX respectively, Eni Norge is ordered to do as follows.

  • Review the company’s system for following up identified nonconformities, so that the nonconformities are corrected, their causes are clarified and corrective measures are initiated to prevent the nonconformities reoccurring. The effect of the measures must be evaluated.
  • Review all identified nonconformities related to ignition source control, clarify their causes and initiate corrective measures to prevent the nonconformities reoccurring.
  • Review nonconformities which have been closed without adequate correction to ensure the necessary handling of the nonconformities and adequate correction. This includes further handling of conditions described in the report’s nonconformity 5.1.1.
Part 2

Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations on administrative decisions, see sections 6 and 14 of the management regulations on management of health, safety and the environment, and on manning and competence respectively, see sections 21, 24 and 91 of the activities regulations on competence, on procedures, and on work on and operation of electrical installations respectively, Eni Norge is ordered to do as follows.

Conduct a review of the management system for the electrical discipline area and implement the measures necessary to ensure that:

  • roles and responsibilities are defined and understood
  • necessary procedures, guidelines and instructions have been drawn up and are complied with, and that these are adapted to the extent necessary to site-specific conditions on board
  • existing training programmes are evaluated and measures implemented to ensure that relevant training modules are tailored to and implemented for each position on board.
A scheduled plan must be presented by 11 December 2017 which will ensure that the company complies with this order. The deadline for complying with the order is set to 1 March 2018. We must be informed when this order has been complied with.

Explanation of the terms “order” and “notice of order”

An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it generally sends a "notice of order" to the affected companies.

A notice of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA’s administrative process in which it requests the party to assess the factual basis. The notice is only a first step before an administrative decision is made.

An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ptil.no

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