Husky drill rig still offline

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Investigation continues into ‘dropped object’ incident

The deepwater rig, Henry Goodrich, prepares to move to the Flemish Pass to drill a second Mizzen well for Statoil Canada. Alongside the rig is the anchor-handling tug, Skandi Vega in this undated photo. The rig, now  at the North Amethyst site near the White Rose oilfield, has had operations temporarily suspended after an incident last week. — Submitted file photo

Operations on the offshore drill rig Henry Goodrich remain on hold, as Husky Energy continues to investigate a close call onboard —  a “dropped object” incident — from Thursday afternoon.  

“Our incident review is ongoing and operations are still suspended,” a spokeswoman for Husky confirmed for The Telegram Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the offshore regulator, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB), told The Telegram board safety officers have been in contact with the company.

“The board’s chief safety officer has met with Husky and operations will not resume until that official’s safety concerns have been addressed,” the spokesman stated in response to questions.“The board will receive a report from the company once their investigation is complete. We will review it to determine if any further action is necessary by them or by us.”

Husky suspended operations on the offshore rig immediately following the dropped object incident. The object in question is a hydraulic cylinder, part of the equipment that handles the drill string on the rig floor.

There were no injuries in the event, but operations were expected to be offline for a few days, to allow time for the company to investigate.The immediate shut-down was referred to as a “prudent action” by the CNLOPB.

The drill floor of the Henry Goodrich was the site of a small fire earlier this summer. The fire started July 11 when “a flammable substance was ignited by the friction between the drill string and the rotary table.”

In that case, operations were given the OK to resume within a week — on July 17.The Henry Goodrich is being used by Husky to drill a development well at the North Amethyst site, a satellite of the White Rose oilfield.

Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Husky Energy, The Telegram board

Geographic location: White Rose

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  • danzxtc.
    August 30, 2012 - 12:16

    "...“a flammable substance was ignited by the friction between the drill string and the rotary table.”.. ____________________ ..hmm?....flammable substance ...drilling an oil well ? ...hmmm ?...better get the investigation started here.