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Norway shuts down of Eni's FPSO due to electrical safety issues

Staff Writer | October 10, 2017
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has ordered Eni Norge to immediately shut down production from its Goliat floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in the Barents Sea after an electric audit of the FPSO revealed potential safety issues.
Oil exploration   The PSA issued the order
The PSA said order was issued to minimize the ignition threat posed by possibly faulty Ex motors on the Goliat Field, which is located within the Arctic Circle about 55 miles northwest of Hammerfest, Norway.

The PSA issued the order on October 6 following an audit of electrical safety and the person in charge of the electrical facilities at Eni on board the Goliat FPSO from September 19-28, 2017, the PSA said in a statement.

The order requires Eni Norge, as the operator of the Goliat, to complete a systematic survey of potential ignition sources related to electric Ex motors and, based on the survey, implement the necessary technical, operational and organizational measures to reduce as far as possible the threat of ignition from all faults which represent an ignition source, according to the PSA.

The Goliat FPSO will not be able to resume production until the order has been complied with.