BRUNEI Shell Petroleum Company Sendirian Berhad (BSP) is continuing to work to resolve the Selangkir 2 (SK-2) well situation as critical operational activities will commence today, with the arrival of the SKD Pelaut tender barge and its 126 personnel at the Selangkir platform.
A small gas leak was detected at SK-2 last Thursday afternoon by a portable gas detector worn by one of BSP team members working on the platform. The leak was immediately brought to BSP’s attention and subsequently the well was shut down.
The 1-nautical mile control zone remains in place around the platform as part of control precautions to execute safe operations around the platform.
Ken Marnoch, Managing Director of BSP, said, “Resolving the well situation will take time as BSP considers the safety of everyone involved at every step.
“The mobilisation of the SKD Pelaut will provide a stable platform and facilities to support the work plan.
“This activity is very critical in our attempt to resolve the current situation.
“It is a technically challenging operation and there are significant safety risks.
“We are deploying people with the right technical expertise and experience on the rig and platform. Our technical and operations team, in BSP and the extended resources in Shell, are undertaking measures to remediate the situation.
“Our Muslim colleagues in the organisation will hold a mass prayer for the safe and smooth execution of work at both our BSP Surau and the SKD Pelaut.
“We have received tremendous support from the government, the authorities, Shell and our contractors.
“We are also grateful to the families and friends of staff and the people of Brunei for their positive thoughts, prayers and support for giving us time and space so our team can work on this.
“I would like to extend my appreciation to the people in BSP, the Brunei Shell Joint Venture Companies, Shell and business partners who have gone above and beyond their daily job to commit themselves to resolving this situation together and ensuring all parts are safely delivered,” he added.
“BSP has a strong safety culture and is always prepared to report errors, near-misses, unsafe conditions and any safety concern.
“BSP’s strategy in this case is one of taking precautionary measures to minimise the risk of escalation and to be prepared to deal with the situation.
On the (normally unmanned) Selangkir platform, all safety equipment, fire and gas detection and Emergency Shut Down systems are functioning and BSP is keeping the platform running to maintain that functionality.
All wells on the platform are closed with the SK-1 well closed at 8am today. The platform can be shut down remotely and there is also an automatic shutdown system that will be triggered if there is a significant gas release.
BSP has established dedicated resources and workstreams to manage and resolve the situation.
BSP incident response teams and resources have been activated and have mobilised specialist expertise and resources from Regional and Global Shell response teams as well as specialist well control contractors.
Platform access controls and work management systems are in place that only essential personnel will be working on the platform at any time.
“BSP will maintain focus on finding a safe way to complete and execute the required work.
“If all goes according to plan, we will have the situation resolved within two to three weeks.
“However, we are also preparing for all eventualities including the need to drill a relief well which would then take between two and three months to complete,” said the BSP Managing Director.
SK-2 is situated 40km off the coast of Muara, Brunei.
For more information, contact BSP Communication and External Affairs (CEA) Team at 3375784 or 3374974 during office hours.