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Report following investigation of incident on Ekofisk 2/4X

On Friday, 13 January 2006, a person was injured on ConocoPhillips' (CoP's) Ekofisk 2/4-X drilling facility. The incident occurred during installation of a new exhaust cooling unit on one of the motors in a cementing unit. The PSA considered the incident to be serious, with potential for loss of human life, and decided therefore to implement an investigation of the incident.


Ekofisk 2/4 X (source: ConocoPhillips)

The incident occurred during installation of a new exhaust cooling unit on one of the motors in a cementing unit on 2/4X (see photo).

The exhaust cooler (390 kg) fell during the lifting operation, striking a person on the left leg.

The cementing unit is owned and operated by Halliburton. The injured person was also employed by Halliburton.

Our investigation uncovered several nonconformities on the part of both ConocoPhillips (CoP) and the contractor, Halliburton. The following nonconformities were noted:

  • Deficient management on board the facility.

  • Deficient facilitation of maintenance on the cementing unit.

  • Deficient competence in connection with installation and use of temporary lifting equipment.

  • Deficient planning of the lifting operation.

  • Deficient training in CoP's procedures.

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In addition, a potential for improvement was noted in relation to unclear reporting lines in Halliburton's offshore organization.

The emergency response measures functioned well in connection with the incident.

We have asked CoP to provide an account of how these nonconformities will be handled, as well as an evaluation of the item with potential for improvement.

Link: Report following the investigation with MTO diagram (Norwegian version)

Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda, press spokeswoman
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Tel.: +47 970 54 064