Gas leak within metering house

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Description of Task: 

Activation of gas detection within metering house saw platform personnel called to muster

Lessons Identified: 


The design orientation of the transmitter creates the potential for incorrect fitting of the kidney joint

  • Identify alternative transmitter to eliminate use of kidney-type joints
  • Options to re-orientate transmitter undertaken
  • Review of bolt torqueing arrangements
Information source: 
Contact Details: 
Brian Tadeo, HSSE Manager, Apache
Specific Equipment: 

Failure of kidney joint resulted in gas release when line was placed under pressure

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