Statoil has finalised the investigation on the Turøy helicopter incident, with conclusions and recommendations on how it can improve its helicopter safety work.
The incident, one of the most serious on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) since 1997, caused 13 deaths, and happened when the helicopter was en route from Gullfaks B to Flesland.
“We will follow up on the recommendations given by the investigation to enhance Statoil’s helicopter safety and emergency response. Our clear ambition is to maintain our leading role in further developing and enhancing the existing helicopter safety standard,” Statoil Chief Operating Officer, Anders Opedal, said.
Helicopter Crash Findings Released by Statoil
The investigation concludes that Statoil’s helicopter safety work on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is “good”, but stresses that the oil and gas industry must focus so that it does not compromise safety when introducing measures to cut costs and improve efficiency.
According to the report, a possible introduction in Norway of common European safety requirements could change the risk picture associated with helicopter operations.
Statoil started investigating the crash in May
The Norwegian major decided in May to conduct an in-house investigation to identify ways to improve its helicopter safety work and learn from the emergency response to the accident.
According to the investigation, Statoil’s helicopter safety work has a high priority and is well reputed and the company should aim to maintain its leading role in the sector.
Turøy Accident Could Lead to Safety Improvement Measures
“The Turøy accident was a tragedy for all those affected, and for the seven companies that lost close colleagues. It is essential that everyone working offshore can be confident in helicopter transportation,” Statoil’s Executive Vice President of Development and Production in Norway, Arne Sigve Nylund, said.
“We will now, together with the oil and gas industry, government authorities, helicopter operators and union representatives, use findings in the report to further improve safety”, he stated further.
The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) is responsible for identifying the chain events and causes of the accident, Statoil informed in a statement.