PSA issues verdict on engine room fire on offshore Norway drilling rig

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has asked Saipem to take action following an incident last November onboard the semisubmersible drilling rig Scarabeo 5.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway has asked Saipem to take action following an incident last November onboard the semisubmersible drilling rig Scarabeo 5.

A fire started in the port engine room while the rig was moored on theNjord field in the Norwegian Sea, although it was not connected to a well at the time.

The cause was a leak in a diesel oil pipe associated with a generator, with damage resulting to equipment and one person having to go briefly to hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation.

PSA identified various regulatory breaches, including missing and inadequate barriers that might have prevented the incident.

Nonconformities uncovered included the fire prevention measures in the engine room, maintenance management, the system for handling emergency responses, and the system for training and drills.

PSA has asked Saipem to explain how it intends to handle the nonconformities and to assess the improvement points drawn up following the investigation.

05/11/2017

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