Taking place on 12 May 1999, this incident was potentially extremely dangerous. The smallest spark from striking metal could have caused an explosion. Shell said that the leak was spotted immediately, but it took no less than 12 minutes before the valve had been closed.
This serious near-miss was caused by a combination of human error and a failure in safety routines.[REMOVE]Fotnote: Aftenposten, 24 June 1999, “Nestenulykke på Draugen”.