Offshore safety watchdog launches investigation into Repsol’s Gyda incident

Norwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), has launched an investigation into an incident involving a dropped object and personal injury on the Gyda field in the North Sea.

Gyda; Photo by: Banja-Frans Mulder; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 3.0 license

The safety body said on Monday that an incident occurred on May 15 when a derrick skid on the Repsol-operated Gyda platform and as a result, a side plate came loose from the skid jack.

Two people were in the area where the plate dropped to and neither was hit by the object, but one of them was injured when he backed away and fell to another deck about 1.5 meters below.

The PSA added that the police was informed and that PSA’s team launched an investigation.

According to the organization, the main objective of the investigation is to identify the causes of the incident and possible lessons to be learned and to share this information with the industry.

During the investigation, the PSA will carefully review the course of events, uncover and describe the actual and potential consequences of the incident, identify direct and underlying causes, apply necessary enforcement powers to correct possible regulatory breaches, make its findings public, and contribute to experience transfer to and learning by other players in the petroleum sector.

The Gyda field is located in the southern North Sea between Ula and Ekofisk. It has been developed using an integrated facility with a steel jacket located in water depths of 66 meters.

Repsol took over operatorship of the Gyda field through the acquisition of Talisman Energy in 2015. The field was discovered in 1980, and the plan for development and operation was approved in 1987.

Gyda was developed with a combined drilling, accommodation, and processing platform with a steel jacket. Production started in 1990.

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