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Talisman rig shut down following explosion fears

02 November 2011

It has recently been reported that a North Sea oil rig was shut down because there were fears that not enough had been done to prevent an explosion.

The Claymore platform. Image courtesy of Liassic
The Claymore platform. Image courtesy of Liassic

The Piper Alpha sister platform, Claymore, was apparently shut down earlier this year over fears of an explosion.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) served a prohibition notice on Talisman after a series of incidents on the Claymore platform.

Talisman has said that production on the platform has now resumed after complying with the notice.

The HSE said the leaks, which occurred between May and June, showed the firm had not taken proper measures 'to prevent fire and explosion'. Their notice highlighted 'inadequacies in the integrity of the plant and equipment' on the Claymore, as well as the firms' 'control and supervision of operating and maintenance activities'. The HSE added: “In addition you have failed to take sufficient investigation and prompt remedial action where necessary so as to prevent similar incidents in future.”

Geoff Holmes, Talisman UK Senior Vice President, said: “Safety is always our number one priority."

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