| Siti Hajar & Faza Suraj |
BRUNEI Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) last night confirmed gas release at one of the country’s offshore wells.
It was stated that the release was detected last Thursday afternoon at Selangkir 2 (SK-2), located on a normally unmanned platform, situated 40 kilometres off the coast of Muara. The well was recorded in 2011 as the deepest ever gas completion for BSP.
The release, described as “too small to be detected by the systems on the platform”, was detected by a portable gas detector that was worn by a team member who was working on the platform. An alert was sounded and the well subsequently shut down, while the platform remains operational, BSP said in a press release.
“All safety equipment, fire and gas detection and Emergency Shut Down systems are functioning and we are keeping the platform running to maintain that functionality,” explained BSP. “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.”
With safety its top priority, BSP explained that procedures were already in place to prepare the company for such a situation along with resources to ensure that “our people, the environment and our assets are safe”.
“Our strategy in this case is one of ‘prudent over-reaction’ in order to minimise the risk of escalation and to be fully prepared to deal with the situation,” added BSP. “Our people are always prepared to report errors, near-misses, unsafe conditions and any concerns they may have about safety.”
In this case, “This quick reporting demonstrates the situational awareness and attentiveness by our people on the front-line towards ensuring safe operations. Reporting an incident early allows us to act quickly to minimise the risk of escalation.”
It was added that the company has established dedicated resources and workstreams to manage and resolve the situation safely. BSP incident response teams and resources have been activated and the company has mobilised specialist expertise and resources from Regional and Global Shell response teams as well as specialist well control contractors.
It was assured that platform access controls and work management systems are in place so that all activities are managed safely.
“BSP, Shell and specialist contractors are working together to develop the procedures and precautionary measures to safely resolve the situation.
“The Selangkir platform is normally unmanned so it will take time, particularly with the current weather conditions, to mobilise the appropriate facilities and equipment. We are using this time to fully prepare and ensure that all details are covered in our work programmes.
“It is important that the teams working the issues with respect to the SK-2 well are supported in order to focus on the safe completion of their work while at the same time the rest of BSP and our business partners continue to focus on safe delivery every day. We thank everyone in Brunei for their support and encouragement – it is really appreciated by all the teams.”
For any queries, the public can contact the BSP Communication and External Affairs (CEA) Team on 3375784 or 3374974 during office hours for correct and up-to-date information.