The audit was conducted from 4 to 7 August 2020.


The objective of the audit was to follow up on audits within this supervisory area previously carried out on the facility, and to verify that

- crane and lifting operations are performed in accordance with applicable regulations.

- lifting in the drilling area is performed in accordance with applicable regulations.

- maintenance is carried out in accordance with plans and guidelines from the manufacturers of the equipment and machinery comprised by the audit.

- previously identified non-conformities have been addressed in compliance with the feedback the company has given us.


The following non-conformities were identified during the audit:

  • Deficient follow-up of enterprise of competence
  • Updating of procedures
  • Use of norms
  • Deficient follow-up of aging lifting equipment

In addition, the following issues categorised as improvement points were observed:

  • Incident reporting
  • Training in use of personnel basket
  • Maintenance efficiency
  • Maintenance of equipment and infrastructure

Follow-up of previous non-conformities

As part of this audit, we verified how Wintershall Dea had addressed non-conformities identified in our audit of cranes and lifting operations and maintenance management in the spring of 2015.

We found that the following non-conformities have not been addressed in line with the company’s feedback of 8 May 2015:

  • Non-conformity concerning deficiencies in maintenance and maintenance systems
  • Non-conformity concerning defective system for ensuring necessary quality of governing documents

What happens next?

We have asked Wintershall Dea to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed. We have also asked for their assessment of the improvement points observed. The deadline for this is set at 12 October 2020.