Acona to prepare a Public Report to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

Studying the Goliat field development and two other projects on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
Acona to prepare a Public Report to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway
The Norwegian petroleum activities are recognized for its high level of standards on health, safety and environment. The Government's ambition is that Norwegian petroleum activities must be world-leading in HSE. This ambition is a clear signal that the petroleum industry cannot take a high level of safety for granted, but must work for continuous improvement. The business must have a long-term perspective focusing on both a high level of HSE, resource management and value creation. To achieve this, it is necessary to draw lessons from experience.

There is a great learning potential in reviewing the performance from field development projects where there has been HSE challenges. There is also much to learn from why things are going well in other projects, says Geir Løland, Head of structural Integrity section and Petroleum Safety Authority’s project manager for the study.

In recent years, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has paid special attention to the assessment and the use of measures and reactions in the various field developments. Most field developments on the Norwegian continental shelf are implemented within the stated time and costs in the PDO, while some have had major challenges with costs and delays in the development phase, with corresponding examples of quality and HSE challenges, especially during start-up and operational phase.

The Goliat project is an example of such a development. The challenges with this project led to a great deal of attention, both from the public and from the authorities. Among other things, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has spent more resources on the follow-up of this project than any other single field development on the Norwegian continental shelf. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway therefore considers that a broad review of this project and two other simultaneous field developments can contribute to important and useful learning.

The study Acona shall perform will cover all phases from the allocation of production license, exploration phase, opportunity studies, early phase, preparation, approval of development plan, engineering, construction, completion, start-up and until the first operating year.
Acona won this tender by offering an experienced team. The work has already started with the final report scheduled to be handed over to Petroleum Safety Authority Norway by 31st May 2019.

In the tender conclusion the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway give this reason for selecting Acona among the bidders:
“Acona AS has achieved the highest total weighted score and has thus delivered the most advantageous offer. You offer personnel with very good competence in Norwegian petroleum activities and with in-depth knowledge of project implementation and related decision-making processes. The solution is short and accurate and shows very good understanding of the assignment. The quality of the proposal is very good and the criteria for selecting the other two projects are well described. The implementation plan has been described in a good way. The method description is very good and shows competence in project implementation and decision making.”

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is an important customer for Acona, especially for the credibility it gives us, says CEO of Acona, Stig Hognestad.
We believe this report will get its fair share of attention and might improve processes for how field development projects are managed to ensure a strong HSE performance, says Hognestad.