• Published: 3 Feb 2014
  • Incident ID: 3489

Minor HCR whilst extracting the cartridge from a pump casing

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

Pumping Equipment

Lessons Identified

  • Equipment flushed, drained and positively isolated as per procedures still presents a loss of containment risk if the equipment drainage and flushing points are not adequate in terms of number and location.

Incident Recommendations

  • Source a more suitable bund as an interim measure until feedback obtained regarding possible drainage modifications.
  • Update procedure for flushing, draining and isolating pump for outage, taking into account whether pump is being removed for maintenance after a ‘failure’ or for a cartridge ‘upgrade’.
  • Add lessons learned to WCC for task to ensure that this issue is highlighted the next time the task is repeated.

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