Offshore regulator says rig will remain shut down until cause of fire understood
The deepwater rig, Henry Goodrich, as it prepares to move to the Flemish Pass to drill a second Mizzen well for Statoil Canada. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says a small flash fire on the drill floor of the rig was extinguished and nobody was injured. — Submitted photo
A small fire broke out on the drill floor of the offshore drill rig Henry Goodrich at about
11:15 a.m. Wednesday and was extinguished “very quickly,” according to a Husky Energy spokeswoman.
No one was injured in the fire.
The rig is currently being used by Husky to drill a development well at the North Amethyst site, a satellite of the White Rose oil field.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board has stated, in an incident bulletin available now online, the “small flash fire” offshore was put out using a pressure washer on the rig deck.
“Operations have been shut down until circumstances of the event are understood and it is deemed safe to continue drilling operations,” the board notice stated.
Husky Energy has confirmed the temporary shutdown, adding the rig is stable and the development well has been shut in until the cause of the fire is determined and work resumes.