The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has decided to launch an investigation into an incident that occurred on Transocean Barents on March 4, 2015 when a roughneck suffered crush injuries.
According to the PSA, the injured drill floor worker was on the monkey board, about 10-12 metres in the derrick, at the time of the accident. Following the incident, he has been flown to Ålesund Hospital in western Norway.
Transocean Barents is located on the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea under a contract with A/S Norske Shell. The PSA notes that all activity on the rig has now been halted.
Among other objectives, the PSA says that its investigation will seek to clarify the course of events and identify the direct and underlying causes of the incident.
Offshore Energy Today contacted Norske Shell seeking more information about the incident. Should there be any new information, the article will be updated accordingly.
Ormen Lange is a gas field located in the Møre Basin in the southern section of the Norwegian Sea. The sea here varies from 800 metres to more than 1100 metres deep.
Transocean Barents (formerly Aker Barents) is a 6th-generation semi-submersible drilling rig of the H-6e type. The rig was built at the Aker Stord yard in Norway and was completed in 2009. Transocean Barents is owned and operated by Transocean Norway, from head offices in Stavanger.
Update: 13:39 CET
The spokesperson for Shell confirmed that the PSA’s investigation is related to an incident that occurred this morning on the Transocean Barents rig that is drilling for Shell.
“He is now brought onshore for medical care,” the spokesperson concluded.