Gassco – Nyhamna – Electrical Facilities

Source: 10/7/2021, Location: Europe

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of Gassco and electrical facilities and associated installations at the Nyhamna onshore processing plant.

The audit was carried out from 18 to 24 June 2021.

The objective of the audit was to monitor how Gassco, in conjunction with its technical service provider (TSP), complies with technical, operational and organisational regulatory requirements for electrical facilities and associated installations. It was also intended to monitor the company’s work on barrier elements relating to the topic of this audit. A further objective was to follow up a previous audit of electrical facilities at the Nyhamna plant performed from 17 to 20 January 2017, with the associated report of 14 February 2017. At that time, Shell was the operator of the plant.

Seven non-conformities were identified within the following systems and areas:
- Non-conformity handling
- Barrier management and performance standards
- Ignition source control
- Portable equipment
- Use of qualified personnel
- Work in and operation of electrical facilities
- Maintenance

Two improvement points were also identified relating to:
- The explosion protection document
- The loudspeaker system
- Follow-up of previous audits

During the audit, we observed that two non-conformities previously notified to Norske Shell (the operator of the plant at that time) had not been addressed in line with the company's feedback. These concerned:

“Emergency lighting” non-conformity
“Non-conformity handling” non-conformity

What happens now?
We have asked Gassco to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed and for their assessment of the improvement points observed.

The reply deadline is set at 22 October 2021.

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