From 1 to 3 December 2014, the PSA carried out an audit of Shell's management of the Nyhamna facility expansion project.

The ongoing development of Nyhamna entails many simultaneous project activities, while regular operation of the facility is under way. Many new participants will be involved and this represents particular challenges in respect of maintaining an overview of and managing risk, both in operations and in the project.


The object of the audit was to assess how Shell is organising prudent planning and execution of the project through a single, coordinated assessment of risk factors of significance for the project's participants. We wanted to see how the cooperation and division of responsibilities between the operator, contractors and sub-contractors worked in the project. The facilitation of employee participation also formed part of the audit.

The audit was also focused on technical, operational and administrative aspects of the planning and execution of materials handling, cranes and lifting in the project execution and the day-to-day operation of the facility.


The audit revealed non-conformities relating to:

  • Systematic surveying and risk-assessing of OHAS factors
  • Regulatory competence among sub-contractors and their safety delegates
  • Employee participation
  • Exercise of the operator's supervisory duty
  • Training system

Improvement points were identified relating to:

  • Cooperation between the safety service and operational management
  • System for guaranteeing the safe condition of wire ropes
  • Materials handling plan
  • Exercise of the role of operationally responsible entity
  • Respect for lifting operation area barriers
  • Lifting competence of contractors