Norway's PSA finds nonconformities with West Hercules semi

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) reports a recent audit found numerous nonconformities of the Seadrill Group’s West Hercules ultradeepwater semisubmersible drilling rig.

The dynamically positioned unit, built in 2008, is undergoing yard work ahead of working for Statoil in Norway. The contract that Statoil signed with North Atlantic Norway Ltd., a company in the Seadrill Group, is scheduled to start in February (OGJ Online, Sept. 9, 2011).

“Market reports indicate the unit could be delayed until June as a result of adhering to the audit,” said Barclays analysts James C. West.

The audit was part of the processing related to the application for an acknowledgement of compliance for the semi drilling on the Norwegian continental shelf.

PSA listed the nonconformities as:

• The light indicator lamp for watertight hatches.

• Control panel for watertight closing mechanisms.

• Mechanical/hydraulic remote closing system for watertight doors.

• Watertight sliding doors such as fire doors.

• Remote closing system for watertight sliding doors in the fire division.

• Local operation of ballast pumps.

• Internal communication for operating the ballast system.

• Certification of anchor winches.

Related Articles

Market watch: Energy futures prices rose slightly Friday

05/06/2002 Crude oil futures prices rose slightly Friday amid lingering uncertainty about a possible disruption of Middle East supplies, although tensions in ...

Gulf of Mexico oil service sector showing signs of an upturn

05/06/2002 The Gulf of Mexico oil service sector is experiencing the signs of an upturn, analysts with Simmons & Co. International, UBS Warburg LLC, and RBC D...

OTC: Industry, national agencies need to work together to make FPSOs work in the gulf

05/06/2002 Over the coming years, the oil and gas industry will have to keep an open line of communication with national agencies such as the US Coast Guard a...

Market watch: Energy futures prices fall as Iraq lifts embargo

05/07/2002 Crude oil futures prices fell Monday after Iraq announced plans to lift a self-imposed export embargo with exports expected to resume by Wednesday.

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected