Oilfield operator Repsol Norge AS’ Gyda helideck in the North Sea recently underwent an audit. It was performed by the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway in partnership with The Civil Aviation Authority providing special assistance for the helideck items. While the authority said no regulatory nonconformities were identified, Repsol has been asked to address possible improvements.
The audit of emergency preparedness and the helideck were conducted from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, and a report was released on March 20. Points of improvement were reported for evacuation routes, maintenance of safety equipment, handling of hazard and accident situations at one of the cranes, and system for training and drills. Repsol has been asked to respond by April 7, addressing how it plans to make the improvements.
This audit follows several rotorcraft incidents in the North Sea. Late December 2016, a CHC Helicopter Sikorsky S-92 made an emergency landing about 130 miles east of Aberdeen, causing damage to the helideck. Some eight months prior, a CHC Airbus EC225 crashed while operating in the North Sea, killing 11 passengers and two pilots.