Is the current management system at Statoil sufficient to prevent potential major accidents from happening at the Snorre A platform?
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- Master Thesis 
Only small margins prevented the gas-blow out at one of Statoil's platforms, Snorre A, to develop into a major accident in 2004. The underlying reasons of the accident showed extensive improvement areas, including Statoil's management system. The purpose is to find out whether the current management system at Statoil is sufficient to prevent potential major accidents from happening at the Snorre A platform again. As a guidance, four questions have been deduced. These include if Statoil has managed to comply with the requirements imposed by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway after the accident, which changes have been made in Statoil's management system since 2004. Further, to what extent learning from the Snorre A accident has led to changes in the management system, and if the current management system ensures safety. In the search of answering the research question, existing theories have served as a tool to get deeper insight into management systems, potential major accidents, learning and subsequent change. Further, the case study of the Snorre A accident was carried out by interviews. The results were further analyzed, and discussed with secondary sources. The findings shows that Statoil has corrected all the variances found by the PSA. The accident led to many infirmities being detected, and Statoil has employed many resources to improve its management system since 2004. This also include a higher focus on safety and compliance. However, it is found that Statoil lack the ability of sharing knowledge and experience throughout the company, and therefore important qualities of developing a robust organization. The conclusion suggests that even though Snorre A has become one of the better installations after the accident, and Statoil's management system has improved, any accident can challenge that in the future. Therefore, it becomes difficult to say if the current management system can prevent potential major accidents from happening.