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Norway investigates disconnected gangway incident on Floatel Endurance

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) launched an investigation into a disconnected gangway incident involving the mobile facility Floatel Endurance, on 29 February 2020. The accommodation rig was connected to the Martin Linge facility in the North Sea when the accident occurred.

Investigation of Snorre B fire finds breaches of regulations

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. 

PSA Norway conducts Hammerfest LNG audit

Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) began an investigation into an incident at Equinor’s Hammerfest liquefied natural gas facility on Melkøya Island. The facility stopped operations on March 11, 2019 because to repair deficiencies in numerous safety valves.

PSA Norway to investigate dropped object incident on Åsgard B

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority announced its decision to investigate an incident involving a dropped object on the Åsgard B facility on 13 March 2019. The incident occurred while dismounting a trolley from a lifting beam on the main deck of the semi-submersible gas platform in the Norwegian Sea.

Investigation on West Phoenix rig fire finds breaches of regulations

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.

PSA: Walkway incident on Tambar field could have been fatal

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority completed the investigation of the movement-compensated walkway incident on the Tambar field in July 2018, revealing several breaches of safety regulations. The Authority noted that Tambar is the only facility in operation in Norway, where an attempt has been made to land a walkway from a ship.

PSA Norway to investigate fire on mobile drilling unit

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has launched an investigation into a fire which broke out on the West Phoenix drilling unit on Monday, November 5, 2018. The PSA reported that that the incident had occurred in the mud laboratory on the rig. The fire was extinguished and no injuries to the personnel have been reported as a result of the blaze.

Over 1,000 failures reported in Gulf of Mexico rigs in 2017

Through its SafeOCS program, the US BSEE released its annual report Blowout Prevention System Safety, informing that through 2017, 18 of 25 operators associated with rig operations in the Gulf of Mexico reported 1,129 equipment component failure events, which represents a decrease from 2016. 

Canada starts investigation on Transocean Barents rig spill

A discharge of synthetic based mud was reported from the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Transocean Barents on April 27. Drilling operations were suspended by Suncor Energy, to investigate the cause of the discharge, and now the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board began an investigation into the incident.

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