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Premier Oil takes action over North Sea platform explosion risk

23 April 2019

An oil company has said it has taken action after concerns were raised about the potential for gas to accumulate on a North Sea platform. The Health and Safety Executive issued a prohibition notice to Premier Oil because it found flammable gases were not being combusted by the flare system on the Balmoral rig.

Balmoral FPV - Image: Premier Oil
Balmoral FPV - Image: Premier Oil

Premier said it had taken "all the appropriate action" to address it. The company said in a statement: "It is our highest priority to operate all of our assets in a safe and responsible manner and Premier has taken all the appropriate action to address the issue raised in the prohibition notice."

The HSE’s notice, dated March 8, said: “Flammable flare gases produced during your operation are not being combusted by the flare system leading to potential unwanted accumulation of Hydrocarbon gas from the unignited flare onto the installation, resulting in a risk of fire and explosion.”

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