• Ichthys safety issues ‘no threat to gas project’
Ichthys safety issues ‘no threat to gas project’
15 Jan, 2019, 1 Comment

Summary: Ichthys LNG facilities off the Kimberley coast are safe to operate, and issues with electrical equipment are manageable, according to project operator Inpex.....

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Independent audits of the Ichthys Explorer platform and nearby Ichthys Venturer oil production vessel revealed by The West Australian last week found an unacceptable risk of poorly installed electrical equipment in hazardous areas igniting a potentially fatal gas explosion.

Inpex external affairs manager Bill Townsend said that all the findings from the audit work that Inpex deemed valid had been fixed.

“The issues we’re facing are manageable and don’t threaten the facilities,” he said. “There’s no reason at all to slow production.”

Industry safety regulator NOPSEMA identified deficiencies in electrical equipment in hazardous areas of the Ichthys offshore facilities in June last year.

Inpex at the time said it would complete final safety verifications before it started production.

An Inpex spokesman said the company believed the audit reports quoted were early drafts. He said many of the comments reported were inaccurate or no longer valid and others had been taken out of context.

“The majority of the findings were not related to actual ignition risk and related to matters such as documentation or technical details,” he said.

A spokeswoman for Kentech, the engineering company that conducted the audits, said they provided a snapshot at a set point in time. She said the comments reported were from early drafts and did not reflect the final reports.

Kentech inspected the platform about a month after it first received gas in July last year. The report of the audit of the 120,000-tonne platform issued in mid-October and obtained by The West was the fourth revision signed off by Kentech.


Peter Milne, 13/1/2019, thewest.com.au/business/oil-gas/safety-issues-no-threat-to-kimberley-gas-project-ng-b881072664z

  • MyPassion

    16 Jan, 2019

    If there are no longer any concerns release the final Electrical Hazards Area Audit.

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