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Statoilís Investigation of the Helicopter Accident

Source: 5/18/2016, Location: Europe

The mandate for Statoilís in-house investigation of the helicopter accident on 29 April is ready. The purpose of the investigation is to identify measures to improve Statoilís work on helicopter safety on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Accident Investigation Board Norway is responsible for identifying the chain of events and the cause of the accident.

ďThe Accident Investigation Board Norway will work on finding the answer to how this accident could happen. To us it is crucial that everyone going offshore to work is confident that we do our utmost to ensure their safety. We are therefore conducting an in-house investigation to identify measures for improving Statoilís helicopter safety effort,Ē says chief executive Eldar Saetre.

Statoilís in-house investigation will look at conditions that can be evaluated irrespective of the Boardís investigation report being ready.

Investigation team deliveries

Statoilís investigation team will go through the following safety-related aspects of Statoilís helicopter operations on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS):

- Statoilís emergency response efforts following the accident, including interaction with authorities and collaboration partners.
- Statoilís organisation and activities related to helicopter services, including roles and responsibilities distributed between Statoil, helicopter operators and other players involved in operation and maintenance of helicopter operations for Statoil on the NCS.
- How helicopter incidents are followed up by Statoil and the companyís suppliers.

Based on its review the investigation team will present its observations and recommend actions for further improving Statoilís work on helicopter safety and emergency planning. The investigation report is due to be ready by 30 September 2016, and will be published after this date.

Independent investigations

When the Accident Investigation Boardís investigation report is ready, Statoil will consider how to suitably follow it up. This consideration is not included in the Statoil investigation teamís mandate. Statoil will assist in the Boardís investigation as requested.

CHC will conduct a separate investigation, where Statoil has an observer role. The police are also investigating the accident.

The client for Statoilís investigation is chief executive officer (CEO) Eldar S?tre. The clientís representative is chief operating officer (COO) Anders Opedal.

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