• Published: 16 Apr 2013
  • Incident ID: 3470

Gas leak from fitting on xmas tree

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

Xmas tree

Lessons Identified

It is important to take the time to ensure that commissioning activities are appropriately and adequately planned and completed. Some quick and simple checks prior to brining the equipment into service could have prevented this small leak.

Incident Recommendations

  • Ensure well handover documents are robust
  • Include in internal `lessons learned’ database for forthcoming drilling programmes for an item highlighting the importance of closing the autoclave fitting on the vent port. Also to include the installation of a pressure gauge to allow monitoring of the pressure.
  • Investigate the option to design a `pull down ‘tool for installation of xmas trees to ensure alignment.

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