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The Foreigner Petroleum Safety Authority left Gullfaks C incident uninvestigated. Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has not conducted its own investigation into what happened on Statoil’s Gullfaks C earlier this year. It claims it was not necessary. 89 personnel were evacuated from Gullfaks C on 19 May, the third incident in five months, after unstable well pressure caused a gas leak. Statoil used two months to normalize the well. PSA press spokesperson Inger Anda tells Stavanger Aftenblad the authority was involved, but only to a limited degree.

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Petroleum Safety Authority left Gullfaks C incident uninvestigated

Published on Wednesday, 17th November, 2010 at 16:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 17th November 2010 at 20:51.

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has not conducted its own investigation into what happened on Statoil’s Gullfaks C earlier this year. It claims it was not necessary.



89 personnel were evacuated from Gullfaks C on 19 May, the third incident in five months, after unstable well pressure caused a gas leak. Statoil used two months to normalize the well.

PSA press spokesperson Inger Anda tells Stavanger Aftenblad the authority was involved, but only to a limited degree.

“There are many other ways to conduct inspections than travelling offshore. It is just as important to participate at the planning phase and have a dialogue with the environment on land,” she says.

Statoil chose to conduct its own inquiry, to which the PSA had no objections, despite having urged the company to cease drilling on several occasions leading up to the potentially serious incident.

“We chose not to investigate [it] because we had already planned a supervision that identified the issue connected to managed pressure drilling (MPD),” she says.

In Statoil’s report following the incident, it was revealed problems occurred because of poor well integrity, substandard cement, a hole in the casing, as well as bad planning and follow-up procedures, according to Aftenbladet.

The PSA called Statoil to an emergency meeting at short notice after reading the results.

Drilling and well activities Gullfaks A,B, and C have been stopped. The PSA says it will not comment further until they present their own report, five months after the incident.

“I will answer further on Friday,” Inger Anda says.




Published on Wednesday, 17th November, 2010 at 16:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 17th November 2010 at 20:51.

This post has the following tags: statoil, gullfaks, petroleum, safety, authority, psa, ptil, stavanger, evacuation, inder, anda.





  
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