Over 30 years after the Piper Alpha oil platform suffered multiple explosions off Scotalnd taking lives of 167 people, SAFETY4SEA analyzes the North Sea disaster which made the oil and gas industry to look safety in new terms.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority identified breaches of regulations in relation to a fire incident on the Snorre B facility on 1 May 2019. The investigation revealed that iron sulphide, which caused the fire, was not known to be present in the separator, so no appropriate measures were taken.
Fire took place at the SPD9 platform, in the South Pars gas field, on June 12. About 14 people were working at the platform the moment of the fire, and after the explosion they were transported to Asaluyeh, Southern Province of Bushehr, by helicopter. No casualties were reported, while the fire has now been contained.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) completed its investigation on the fire in the mud laboratory on West Phoenix of 5 November 2018. The report identified several breaches of the regulations. This rig is operated by Seadrill Management (Seadrill), and was drilling well 6406/2-9 S in Norwegian Sea with Equinor as the operator, when the incident took place.
On Friday 13 of April, at 6.30 am (local time), a fire broke out in the sauna in the living quarters of the Goliat FPSO. The fire was quickly extinguished and no one was injured. As Eni Norway said, all safety procedures worked appropriately, and the situation is now normalised. Goliat is the world’s most northern oil platform.
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