Probe launched into fire on offshore platform in EnCana’s Deep Panuke project

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HALIFAX — An investigation has been launched into an electrical fire that resulted in the evacuation of personnel from the Deep Panuke natural gas production platform off Nova Scotia on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for SBM Offshore, the owner and operator of the platform, says the inquiry will include an examination of why the automatic fire suppression system failed to work.

Anne Guerin-Moens says firefighters still managed to quickly extinguish the small electrical fire.

She says the investigation will be carried out by the project’s owner, EnCana (TSX:ECA), and Dutch-based SBM and there is no firm deadline yet for when its findings will be available.

She says 46 people were temporarily evacuated from the platform, which is 250 kilometres southeast of Halifax, while firefighters extinguished the fire.

The offshore project had previously said it wants to produce natural gas by the middle of 2013, but Guerin-Moens says it’s too early to know if the fire will cause production delays.

 

 

 

Organizations: EnCana, SBM Offshore, Nova Scotia on Saturday.A TSX

Geographic location: HALIFAX

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  • concerned
    January 23, 2013 - 17:13

    No surprise there. They had problems with the fire supression system when it arrived in NS. That thing is a disaster waiting to happen. Should have canned it like they did with the sister platform in Norway...due to all the problems with it. Guess you get what you pay for when going the cheap route and having it built in Abu Dhabi.