Was it possible to inspect the D6 brace at sea?The Kielland Legacy

The Auditor General’s investigations into the government’s handling of the Alexander L. Kielland accident.

In 2019 the Norwegian Parliament tasked the Office of the Auditor General of Norway to examine the government's handling of the accident in regards to the investigation and follow-up of the accident, as well as the future prevention of similar accidents.
Written by Norwegian Petroleum Museum

Led by the Kielland network, many have questioned whether the work done by the Norwegian Commission of Inquiry immediately following the Alexander L. Kielland accident was thorough enough. Representatives of the Kielland network had a meeting with the Control and Constitution Committee in Parliament in April 2019 to discuss the possibility of a new investigation, nearly 40 years after the accident. 

The committee stated that “considerable work has been done to examine the causes of the incident, but it is claimed that there are still individual aspects in the case that could be subject to questioning.” After thorough assessments, the committee concluded that they would not recommend a new parliamentary investigation but proposed that the Parliament should instruct the Auditor General (Riksrevisjonen) to investigate the case. 

On June 19, 2019, the Auditor General was tasked with examining how the authorities had fulfilled their responsibilities regarding the Alexander L. Kielland accident. Riksrevisjonen is an independent oversight body responsible for investigating and assessing public activities on behalf of Parliament. 

A report on the Auditor General’s work was published in June 2021. Their conclusions and full report are available in English here: 



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