Arbitration win for KværnerMillennium celebration

Near miss with disaster potential

person by Trude Meland, Norwegian Petroleum Museum
An error which left a valve standing open caused 1.2 million litres of gas to be driven under high pressure into platform areas on Draugen where people were working.
— Life boats are located on the main deck. Photo: Shadé Barka Martins/Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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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”.

Arbitration win for KværnerMillennium celebration
Published August 8, 2018   •   Updated October 18, 2018
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