• Published: 12 Jun 2014
  • Incident ID: 3554

Hydrocarbon Releases Found From well Slot Flow Transmitter Pipework

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

Pipework & Fittings, Valve, Wellhead

Lessons Identified

Metallurgical analysis discussion stated that austenitic stainless steels are particularly susceptible to stress corrosion cracking in the presence of aqueous chlorides at elevated temperatures.

Incident Recommendations

  • Confirm all other fittings in the same service are gas tight and show no signs of deterioration
  • Take further samples of the population of fittings to gauge whether a system issue – completed and found to be isolated case

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