Crude Oil release from meter proving loop door

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Description of Task: 

During normal production operations, the crude export meter-stream was lined up to flow through the meter-prover. Shortly after, a work party in the area identified what they thought was a diesel smell and proceeded to the area to investigate. A crude-oil leak was identified and the CCR was notified. A full production shutdown was initiated and crude export stopped.

Lessons Identified: 

The seal manufacturers recommend  a max-life of 3 years and a service-life of 2 years within the 3 year max.


Ensure that suitable and sufficient maintenance routines are in place for meter proving loop door seals which are in line with seal manufacturers recommend  max-life.

Contact Details: 
Andrew Howard, HSE Lead, Talisman Sinopec Energy UK.
Specific Equipment: 

Door seal on 16” bi-directional Meter-prover unit.

Incident consequence: 
Hydrocarbon release
Production operations
Fixed Installation
Cause of accident or incident: 
Uncontrolled release of a flammable gas or liquid