Fire Breaks Out On Dogged North Atlantic FPSO

Published at 09:29AM - 13/10/15

A second fire has been reported onboard the Terra Nova FPSO, offshore Canada, which has been dogged by incidents in recent weeks.

The Terra Nova, had already been shut down by its Canadian operators Suncor after two previous incidents onboard the asset, which sits 350 km (220 mi) southeast off the Newfoundland coast.

Methanol Leak

Suncor reported on the 30th September that Terra Nova had spilled 3,000 litres of methanol into the North Atlantic.

The investigation into the leak is still ongoing, however, early reports have placed the source of the leak at the FPSO’s subsea drill centre.

Terra Nova Fire

On the 1st October, Suncor reported a second incident, which it called a ‘small fire’. In a statement Suncor said a “small flame became visible on an insulation blanket for the the lower medium pressure turret swivel due to the creation of an arc in an electrical circuit.”

Sucor said that the FPSO had entered alarm status, the flame extinguished and the circuit isolated.

Galley Fire

Today, Suncor has reported a second fire onboard the FPSO, its third incident in under two weeks.

In a statement, Suncor said the incident was a grease fire in a char boiler in the galley. The Canadian oil and gas firm said the fire broke out at 2020 hours on Saturday 10th October.

Suncor states that no personnel were injured in any of the three recent incidences.

Terra Nova FPSO

The Terra Nova Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) vessel, came on stream in 2002.

The Terra Nova produced 17 million barrels of oil in 2014, and has produced around 366 million barrels over its lifetime, worth over US$26 billion.

The Terra Nova offshore oil field is a joint venture between operators Suncor Energy 37.675%; ExxonMobil 19%; Statoil 15%; Husky Energy 13%; Murphy Oil 10.475%; Mosbacher Operating 3.85%; Chevron Canada 1%.