Eni Norway has been accused of “further breaches” of regulations in regard to the Barents Sea based Goliat floating production and storage offloading vessel (FPSO).
Production at the facility has been ordered to be shut-in until Norwegian offshore watchdog the Petroleum Safety Authority has carried out checks.
It follows an earlier safety audit in regard to electrical facilities on the facility after which Eni was told to complete a systematic mapping of potential ignition sources related to electrical motors.
During the audit, deviations were identified for: follow-up and non-discrimination, electrical safety and responsibility for the electrical installations, management and risk assessment of conditions related to ignition control.
Further improvement points were identified for notification of hazard and accident situations, planning and prioritization, heating cable installation.
In a statement the watchdog said: “Based on the observations made in the audit and in conjunction with Eni on October 4, we announced Eni on orders on October 5th and in accordance with the notification, Eni was charged on October 6 to complete systematic mapping of potential ignition sources related to electrical Ex Exhaust Motors, and take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of ignition as far as possible before the start of production.
“The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has decided to carry out a verification related to the order on board Goliat FPSO before production is resumed on the facility. We have asked Eni to inform us of when the order has been met and to arrange for the verification to be completed.
“After our verification has been completed we have asked Eni to initiate a meeting to present its plans for resuming production. This meeting will be held before production is resumed at Goliat.”
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