Offshore Worker Seriously Injured On Goliat FPSO

Published at 12:21PM - 27/06/16

An offshore worker has been injured on Eni Norge’s Goliat Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit in the Barents Sea, following an accident.

Following the event, the worker has been sent to hospital in Tromsø, Norway and his condition is reportedly serious but stable, with injuries that were not life-threatening.

“The PSA (Petroleum Safety Authority) has decided to instigate an investigation into the accident on the Goliat FPSO Saturday 25 June where a person was severely injured after being hit by a wire”, the PSA told Offshore Post on a comment sent by e-mail.

Offshore Worker Injured On Eni FPSO

“The accident happened during clean up after an unloading operation. An investigation team from the PSA arrived in Hammerfest Sunday 26 June”, the PSA added.

“The objects of the investigation include clarifying the chain of events and identifying proximate and underlying causes”, it stated further.

“The injured were flown to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsø,” the PSA added.

ENI Offshore Workers On Goliat FPSO, Barents Sea
ENI Offshore Workers On Goliat FPSO, Barents Sea

During the operation that resulted in the incident, a cable got loose and hit the worker on the side of his head.

According to the PSA, the investigation will result in a report that will be published on its website.

A Troubled Path For Goliat

Eni Norge, the Norwegian subsidiary of the Italian oil company Eni started production from the Goliat field offshore Norway in March 2016, following a series of delays.

However, the progress of the field did not go smoothly, with a gas leak a month after it started production.

Goliat is the first oil field to come on stream in the Barents Sea. It is operated by Eni (65%), together with Statoil (35%) and is located in production licence 229.

The field is located 85 kilometres (52.8 miles) northwest of Hammerfest, in the Barents Sea.