The audit was conducted from 14 May to 4 June 2020.


The objective of the audit was to assess Equinor’s management and follow-up of maintenance after conversion to a new mode of operation involving periodic manning. We also wanted to verify their follow-up of the technical condition and performance requirements of barriers.


The audit identified three non-conformities and one improvement point.

The non-conformities concerned:

  • The fire water system
  • Barrier management
  • Maintenance management

The improvement point concerned deficiencies in competence management.

What happens now?

We have asked Equinor to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed and for their assessment of the improvement point observed. The deadline for this is set at 28 August 2020.


Valemon is a field in the northern part of the North Sea, just west of the Kvitebjørn field. The water depth is 135 metres. Valemon was discovered in 1985, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 2011. The field is developed with a fixed steel production platform with a simplified separation process design. The platform is remotely controlled from an operations centre onshore. Production started in 2015.