The petroleum regulations state that all operators on the Norwegian continental shelf are obliged to ensure that the helicopter suppliers follow current regulations. This means that they must comply with national regulations, applicable standards, Offshore Norway's industry guidelines, as well as the operators' own contract requirements.
The operator companies have developed a joint framework and are collaborating on a joint audit of the suppliers who offer helicopter services on the Norwegian continental shelf. Offshore Qualific – a subsidiary owned by the industry organization Offshore Norway – is responsible for coordinating the work between the operators
Several companies representated in the team
Recently, the annual joint audit of CHC Helikopter Service AS was carried out. A team consisting of representatives from the operating companies Aker BP, Equinor, Vår Energi and ConocoPhillips held the official responsibility, with a large number of people involved in addition to the ones mentioned.
OFFB is thus represented in the audit team by Thea Blume. Blume is a former helicopter pilot, and is naturally our resource in aviation, in addition to her roles as chief of staff and operator contact.
- It was very good to see how well the audit team works together towards a common goal of maintaining the good routines for security, says Blume.
The annual audit is a comprehensive program that covers all disciplines within helicopter operations. The CHC audit covers the head office at Sola and the bases in Kristiansund and Brønnøysund.
Pictured, back from right: Audit manager John Arild Gundersen (Aker BP), Ole Morgen Løge (Offshore Qualific), Rune Meinich-Bache (Vår Energi), Maj Brit Fjermestad (Equinor), Øyvind Solberg (Equinor), Thea Blume (OFFB) and Stein Atle Puntervoll (ConocoPhillips). Photo: Offshore Qualific