This is a tough, tragic and thought-provoking subject - and dwelling on it can be unpopular. But there are occasions when recalling and studying major accidents in the petroleum industry will be important and necessary. The 25th anniversary of Britain’s Piper Alpha disaster is one of them.
A number of major accidents and serious incidents in the petroleum sector are covered in Safety - Status and Signals 2012-2013. However, they do not represent a complete list of such events in recent years.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has asked the industry to propose specific measures for reducing the number of hydrocarbon leaks and well control incidents on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The global oil and gas industry has been responsible for several disasters over the past decade, but few have heard of them. When Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, safety in this business became a worldwide issue.