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PSA completes Snorre B audit

Written by  OE Staff Wednesday, 11 January 2017 12:06

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out audits within several disciplines at Snorre B, which is operated by Statoil. 

From 24 October to 7 November 2016, the PSA carried out an audit of Statoil's handling of major accident and working environment risk at Snorre B. The audit, part of the PSA's efforts to follow up late-life facilities, focused on process integrity, working environment, materials handling, maintenance, and drills and wells.

The audit revealed non-conformities relating to the follow-up of working environment factors and the operator cabin for pipe handling crane.

An improvement point was also identified concerning the use of process shutdown valves as emergency shutdown valves.

Statoil has been given a deadline of 1 February 2017 to report on how the non-conformities will be dealt with and how the improvement point will be assessed.

Snorre is an oil field in the Tampen area of the North Sea, around 150km west of Florø. The field has been developed using two floating integrated production facilities, Snorre A and B, and one subsea template tied back to Snorre A.

The Snorre B facility is in the northern part of the Snorre field. Production at Snorre B began in 2001, and the facility's design life runs to 2021. Statoil has given notice that they are planning to apply to extend the operating life of the facility.

Image: Snorre B/Statoil

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