PSA Audit Reveals Improvement Areas Within Okea’s First Drilling Operations in NCS

Norway based regulator, Petroleum Safety Authority ‘PSA’ carried out an audit of Okea AS (Okea) and the planning of their first drilling operations on the NCS

Regulator stated that, on 28 August 2019, PSA carried out an audit of Okea’s planning and preparations for drilling appraisal wells 6407/9-11 and 6407/9-12.

The wells belong to production licenses 093 and 093D and are to be drilled close to the Draugen field in the Norwegian Sea.

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Okea as an operator holding 44.56 % interests, Petoro AS with 47.88 % and Neptune Energy AS is having 7.56 % interests.

These wells are the company’s first own-operated exploration wells on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The audit is part of our case processing of Okea’s application for consent for exploration drilling, said PSA.

PSA’s objective of the audit was to verify the company’s management of health, safety and the environment (HSE) and emergency preparedness in planning and preparing for undertaking their first drilling operations on the NCS.

During the audit, no non-conformities were identified by the PSA team, but the following improvement points were reported :

Inadequate follow-up of internal requirements for the drilling operations

Inadequate follow-up and documentation of internal requirements for the selected well control procedure

Deficient use of own management system for documentation of non-conformities

PSA issued an official letter to Okea, giving a deadline of 14 October 2019 to submit their assessment of how the improvement points are to be handled.

Okea planned to use Deepsea Nordkapp, a 6th generation semi-submersible drilling facility of the type Moss Maritime CS 60E, equipped for ATA mooring from 100 meters – 500 meters, and can operate in DP mode in 300 m – 2000m water, owned and operated by Odfjell Drilling. Drilling unit is registered with Bermuda Flag and classified by DNV GL.

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