Offshore safety watchdog launches investigation into Heimdal incident

Norwegian offshore safety watchdog has launched an investigation into a serious work accident on the Equinor-operated Heimdal field in the North Sea on November 28, 2019.

The Heimdal platform
The Heimdal platform; Credit: Øyvind Hagen/Equinor

As reported earlier on Friday, two Equinor employees were injured in a serious work-related incident on board the Heimdal platform on Thursday.

Equinor said on Friday that the incident had occurred as a result of an explosion of a portable gas container on board, and was reported in to Equinor’s emergency response centre at 1806 CET. There were 70 personnel on board the platform when the incident occurred.

In a separate statement on Friday, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said it had decided to initiate an investigation into the accident and that its team would go to Heimdal today.

The main purpose of the investigation is to find direct and underlying causes of the incident.

The PSA is going to Heimdal with the police, and in addition to its own investigation, the safety watchdog will assist the police in their investigation.

The safety authority said it would review the course of events, uncover and describe the actual and potential consequence of the incident, identify triggering and underlying causes, detect any regulatory violations and contribute to transfer of experience and learning for other players in the oil industry.

The Heimdal gas field, located in the North Sea, started production in 1985. It consists of an integrated steel platform, and a riser platform.

Current Heimdal partners are Equinor (29.4% – operator), Petoro (20%), Total E&P Norge (16.7%), Spirit Energy (28.8%) and LOTOS Exploration and Production (5%).


Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.

Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.

Share this article

Follow Offshore Energy Today

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Africa Oil Week 2020

For over 25 years Africa Oil Week has been the meeting place for Africa’s most senior E&P stakeholders.

read more >

CERAWeek 2020

 Each year, CERA clients gathered for a few days in Houston…

read more >

Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2020

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) showcases leading-edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration…

read more >

2020 EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION STANDARDS CONFERENCE ON OILFIELD EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS

The development of consensus standards is one of API’s oldest and most successful programs.

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of OffshoreEnergyToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply