Norwegian giant ordered to improve its act after serious gas emission at platform
been slapped with an improvement order by Norway’s safety watchdog after a
serious gas leak at its Heimdal platform last year.
a probe by the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) that uncovered “serious
regulatory breaches” by the Norwegian state oil company that led to the 26 May incident
in which 3500 kilograms of gas escaped, creating a potentially combustible
cloud around the facility.
described by the PSA as one of the most serious gas emissions off Norway in recent
years, occurred during testing of two emergency shutdown valves on the Heimdal drilling,
production and accommodation platform.
agency has criticised Statoil for failing to properly implement improvement
measures adopted after earlier leaks, including a 2010 incident on the Gullfaks
has now been ordered to establish why such measures have failed to have an effect
at Heimdal and make sure they are effective in future, as well as ensure other facilities
are not affected by similar shortcomings.
been given a deadline of 1 March to comply with the order.