Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has ordered Statoil Petroleum AS to why the company ignored a decision by the PSA that its camp at Melkøya, Finnmark, Norway, should not be used during planned shutdowns at Hammerfest LNG. The order is legally binding.
On 20 February 2013, Statoil received consent to use the accommodation camp in connection with planned shutdowns at Hammerfest LNG at Melkøya, once the facility had been shut down and depressurised. The consent applies up to 31 December 2017. In December 2013, Statoil applied for consent to also use the accommodation camp during the decommissioning and recommissioning period in connection with the planned shutdown in May/June 2014, when the facility was not depressurised. The application was rejected by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway in a decision of 6 February 2014.