Oil platform improvement notices issued over gas detection equipment

LomondImage copyrightSHELL/BG

An oil company failed to install gas detection equipment first recommended 14 years ago, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.

The HSE said BG – which is owned by Shell – could not demonstrate the adequacy of fire and gas detection systems aboard the Lomond gas platform.

It is 145 miles east of Aberdeen.

The HSE has issued two improvement notices. It said the company had given no adequate justification for the omission of fixed point gas detectors.

A Shell spokesperson said: “Shell UK can confirm that we have been issued with two HSE improvement notices in relation to maintenance / testing procedures and the fire and gas detection system within a small number of process modules at our Lomond installation in the Central North Sea.

“We are currently working to address the requirements of these improvement notices.”

The platform is currently shut down for what was described as planned maintenance.

Earlier this month it was revealed Shell had been issued with a prohibition notice by health and safety inspectors over a gas leak on its Brent Charlie platform.

The installation, 115 miles north-east of Shetland, was shut down following the escape in May, and more than 30 workers were taken off.




Unite the Union, welcomes the HSE inspections and more inspections should take place especially after it has come to light recommendations had not been followed.   However, it’s  the UK  Conservative Governments ongoing cuts and ideological choice on the austerity agenda which this attack on jobs and terms and conditions is a direct threat and with a significant drop in the number of inspections both offshore and onshore.

Cuts to staff and resource in the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) this puts offshore Oil & Gas sector workers at a higher risk as there are fewer inspections taking place in this high-risk hazard sector.





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