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Norway’s PSA carries out major accident audit of Hammerfest LNG

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Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has announced that it has carried out a major accident audit of the Hammerfest LNG facility. The facility is located on Melkøya off Hammerfest, and is operated by Statoil. It receives natural gas from the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea.

The audit was carried out between 21 and 23 June 2016. It sought to find out how Statoil is satisfying regulatory requirements and its own procedures in respect of decreasing the likelihood of a major accident. In particular, the audit focused on barrier management, Statoil’s explosion protection work, and the systematic approach to change monitoring.

PSA confirmed that no non-conformities were found during the audit. Nevertheless, the authority did claim that an ‘improvement point’ was identified during the audit, related to the updating of an explosion protection document. PSA has granted Statoil under 15 September 2016 to respond concerning how this improvement point will be assessed.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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