More Safety Breaches At ENI Goliat Arctic Oil Field

Published at 10:57AM - 11/02/16

More safety breaches at ENI Goliat Arctic oil field have been reported by the Norwegian regulator, Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA).

The news comes as the report on the offshore oil field’s latest safety audit is published, in which the PSA found ‘serious breaches’ of the Norwegian regulations.

More Safety Breaches At ENI Goliat

The report lands ENI and partners in further hot water as the latest audit, a follow up on previous inspections, was put in place to confirm ENI had rectified safety breaches found from an inspection back in 2015.

The Norwegian PSA found the operator and its Arctic based FPSO had clearly not rectified the issues raised; continuing the ongoing Goliat saga that prevents it from achieving first production, originally planed for 2013.

Norwegian PSA Report

In the latest inspection, the Norwegian PSA’s found further ‘Serious breaches’ of regulations and have issued the following two orders to the field’s operator ENI:

1. Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to section 22 of the Management Regulations concerning non-conformity processing, section 82 of the Facilities Regulations concerning entry into force, with reference to section 12 of the Facilities Regulations (as at 2009) concerning materials handling and transport routes, access and evacuation routes, and section 24 of the Facilities Regulations (as at 2009) concerning lighting, ENI Norge AS is ordered to:

  • Implement measures to correct the non-conformities presented in section 5.1.4 of the report.
  • Systematically review and map all areas and systems within logistics and assess compliance with requirements for materials handling and lighting
  • Present a binding and time-delimited plan with a deadline for corrective measures following the mapping, and a statement of priorities as regards the measures, along with a description of any compensatory measures which will be implemented until the non-conformities have been corrected.

 

2. Pursuant to section 69 of the Framework Regulations concerning administrative decisions, with reference to section 17 of the Framework Regulations on the duty to establish, monitor and further develop management systems, section 6 of the Management Regulations on the management of health, safety and the environment, section 8 concerning internal requirements, section 15 of the Management Regulations concerning information and section 22 of the Management Regulations concerning non-conformity processing, ENI Norge AS is ordered to:

Conduct a coherent review of, complete and implement its management system for logistics. As part of the above, it must be ensured that:

  • Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined and understood
  • Relevant requirements are applied and visible
  • Necessary information is disseminated to relevant users at the right time
  • Non-conformities are systematically registered and followed up 2
  • Employee participation is ensured – competence and training are ensured

With reference to sections 5.1.1, 5.1.2, 5.1.3, 5.1.5 and 5.1.6 of the report

Deadline

The PSA has now given ENI and partners until the 4th March 2016 to comply with the orders.