Major Offshore Gas Leak Causes FPSO Shutdown

Published at 12:57PM - 03/09/15

Canadian offshore energy company, Husky Energy, has reported a major gas leak on one of its FPSO’s offshore eastern Canada.

The gas leak was reported to have occurred Monday (31 August), at the Southern Drill Centre of Canada’s offshore Ehite Rose Field, around 350 km southeast of St Johns.

Early estimates put the natural gas released at 8,938 kg. Husky Energy have said the FPSO was shutdown within 12 minutes from first release.

The Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) is now investigating, and has ordered the Halifax based, Atlantic Osprey, Anchor Handling Supply Vessel loaded with an ROV to the scene to aid investigations.

Husky Energy spokesperson, Colleen McConnell, said, “An underwater inspection indicated the release came from a piece of flexible pipe connecting subsea components and leading into the wells.”

“The piece of equipment known as the “gas lift jumper,” re-injects gas from the Sea Rose FPSO back into the reservoir.”

No injuries have been reported.


Last updated on 01:02PM - 05/09/15