After investigating the fire at the Equinor LNG plant in Hammerfest, the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Agency found serious violations.
PSA is very excited about the fire investigation conducted at Hammerfest’s Equinor facility in Melkøya. The incident did not cause personal injury. It is also believed that the fire may not spread to nearby areas, but it may cause major damage.
Since 2015, there has been no fire filter. The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority claims that more frequent replacements can prevent accidents.
PSA Director General Anne Myhrvold (Anne Myhrvold) said at a press conference that it is very important to investigate the incident because it is very serious.
-This is serious, but fortunately there is no personal injury, but significant property damage. This is a major accident. We found serious differences, especially those related to compliance with systems and staffing conditions. Myhrvold said, therefore, we issued the order.
-We have seen this in several audits of Equinor. She added that they must take good measures to solve the problem as a whole and individually.
The investigation report pointed out that the fire caused material damage to the air inlet and filter housing of the turbine, and extinguished electrical and instrument equipment as well as mechanical equipment.
The audit found differences in the following aspects
The audit pointed out that spontaneous combustion is a kind of pre-felt, in which biomass has accumulated, most of which are insects that cause fires. The review stated that the fire cannot be linked to the gas leak that occurred a few days before the fire.
-The fire itself caused significant material losses, but the fire fighting caused the greatest consequences. As a result, the facility has been closed since the fire. Bent Harland said that if there is no external fire protection assistance, the fire process will be longer.
-Because of the high surface temperature of the anti-icing system, apart from spontaneous combustion in the filter, there is no other indication that the fire process was spontaneous, Harlan continued.
After serious violations occurred, PSA has issued an Equinor order. Equinor must determine, implement and follow up measures to prevent similar incidents. They must also come up with short-term and long-term plans for facility operations. The deadline for accepting orders is before the factory reopens on June 1.
The investigation report pointed out that there were not enough people in the organization. This has been pointed out in several previous inspections of the incident at the Equinor facility. The factory did not seem to have enough usable capacity during the fire.
PSA also pointed out that Melkøya has very few technical support (TPO) personnel, which affects the ability to perform planned tasks.