• Published: 9 Sep 2014
  • Incident ID: 3564

Gas leak from drilling into live line

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

Metering skid

Lessons Identified

Mark redundant pipework so that it is identifiable from live pipework;

Ensure comprehensive risk assessments are carried out at site, communicated to the work party and properly documented;

Verify the experience of people in your platform (e.g. new starts). Ensure the hi-viz hat cover policy is adhered to;

Ensure there is suitable supervision to the level of experiencie on board;

Ensure sufficient training of Control of Work processes and hazard identification processes.

Incident Recommendations

Provide a comprehensive decommissioned/redundant equipment register;

Mark up redundant lines to identify them from live plant, and verifiy labelling on a regular basis;

Enhance the quality of workpacks to ensure every aspect of work is captured, inclusive of risk assessment (marked-up redundant pipework should have been captured in past one)

Ensure a comprehensive and robust Change Management procedure is in place, and all who are working on it are trained;

Verify the process to ascertain contractor competency;

Enhance resources to ensure appropriate supervision is provided for workscopes, inclusive of NUI installations.

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