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BP given improvement notice from HSE following on from North-east platform fire

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BP has been handed an improvement notice following a fire which broke out on its ETAP installation.

The incident led to 66 workers being evacuated from the platform back in February.

A fire broke out at an auxiliary generator where workers had to form an “Emergency Response Team” to extinguish it, as a firewater pump was not available due to maintenance issues.

HSE said: “There was no firewater available to fight the fire that was occurring, therefore you had to rely on people in the form of an Emergency Response Team to extinguish it thereby placing them in harm’s way.”

The notice said the ETAP safety case requires 98% availability of firewater provision at the two auxiliary generators.

A BP spokesman said: “Safety remains our core value and focus at all times.

“While the incident on ETAP was regrettable, there were no injuries and we are making good progress towards full compliance with the HSE’s improvement notice as a priority.”

The company has been given until October 15 to comply with the notice.

ETAP, the East Trough Area Project, is comprised of several offshore fields being processed through a central hub.

Since starting up in 1998, the fields which are BP operated at ETAP have produced more than 550 million barrels of oil equivalent.

 

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