• Published: 27 Jun 2012
  • Incident ID: 3438

Condensate release from needle valve plug

Cause & Consequence

  • Uncontrolled release of a flammable gas or liquid
Incident Consequence
Hydrocarbon release

Incident Location

Fixed Installation

Incident Activity

Production operations

Specific Incident Equipment

Bridle valve on dehydration pre-scrubber

Lessons Identified

  • A needle valve was found to be open on the bridle vale which allowed a leak path to the open vent hole. The vale was believed to have been opened either due to being knocked or due to vibration on the equipment.
  • There was no plug or instrumentation in place on the vent hole, leaving an open path to atmostphere for the condensate. The threaded vent port was rusted indicating there had not been a plug or instrumentation fitted to the valve for some time.
  • Following investigation, it was determined that this was the only twin safe valve with this type of bleed arrangement. All other twin safe valves have flanged and blanked gate valve bleed assemblies.

Incident Recommendations

  • Systematic checks to be conducted on hydrocarbon systems in line with procedure 'Plant Integrity Verification Post Intrusive Maintenance' to confirm there are no similar issues.
  • Proactive Hydrocarbon area hazard hunts implemented.
  • Equipment added into vibration survey programme.

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