NOPSA investigates offshore petroleum fire incident

Wednesday, 15 April, 2009

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) has sent two occupational health and safety inspectors to the Woodside Energy offshore petroleum facility, Maersk Nguijima-Yin, off the north-west of Western Australia, to investigate a fire.

NOPSA, the occupational health and safety regulator for the Australian offshore petroleum industry, received a report that the fire occurred on 13 April on the facility’s gas turbine compressor.

When the fire occurred, the process was shut down, facility personnel mustered and the operator’s emergency response procedure implemented. There were no reported casualties. The fire was extinguished by facility personnel in approximately 90 minutes with marine support vessels in the area standing by to provide assistance if required.

The NOPSA inspectors will establish the facts of the incident and review the operation of the safety systems for the facility.

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