PSA Releases Big Orange Audit

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Nov 262010

Big Orange XVIII Took it on the nose

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate have released an audit of ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS’ management of technical, organisational and administrative issues as regards hired vessels and vessel operations on the Ekofisk field.

The audit follows and investigation into an incident on 8 June 2009, the vessel Big Orange XVIII collided with the water injection facility Ekofisk 2/4-W. The collision caused extensive material damage to both the facility and the vessel.

The audit also included Schlumberger as the supplier of well stimulation services using vessels.

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