HSE award to Kårstø

March 3, 2010, 13:28 CET

Manager at Kårstø Leif Heiberg (left) and construction manager for the Kårstø Expansion Project Ståle Nordal, shouted with joy from the stage in Stavanger Forum when they received the company’s highest HSE reward. (Photo: Hild Bjelland Vik)

”Kårstø has shown a strong commitment and a systematic approach to the HSE challenges for many years,” said chief executive Helge Lund when he presented the award at the corporate summit today, 3 March.

Kårstø wins the award for their project on simultaneous development and operation. Through many years a large workforce has been involved in improving the robustness of the plant.

The effort has involved a number of critical activities at the processing plant, in parallel with regular operation. Still, the organisation has achieved excellent HSE results.

Safe work and deliveries

“Through good planning Kårstø has improved their understanding of risk across the whole organisation, and thereby identified any risk before it occurred,” said Lund. “They have worked systematically with partners and suppliers to involve them in their HSE effort.”

During high project activities in connection with the plant upgrade the Kårstø gas hub has carried out safe operations with high regularity.

The processing plant at Kårstø has been in operation since 1985 and is a complex plant with six process trains and a large operating staff.

Local initiatives important

There were a total of 80 nominees to the HSE award, an increase from 60 nominees last year. Six of them were nominated as finalists and visited by the HSE award committee.

Head of HSE in Statoil Gunnar Brevik presented the six finalists to the participants at the corporate summit and emphasised that all the finalists should feel like winners.

“The finalists represent a wide range of our HSE work and underline the importance of local initiatives for improved HSE efforts,” said Helge Lund.


Chief executive Helge Lund (from left) together with Ståle Nordal, construction manager for the Kårstø Expansion Project, Leif Heiberg, manager at Kårstø, Gunnar Breivik, Statoil’s head of HSE and Kjetil Ohm, head of processing and transportation in Natural Gas. (Photo: Hild Bjelland Vik)