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Notices served

Notice 311801531 served against Apache North Sea Limited on 12/08/2021
Notice Type Improvement Notice
Description Forties A - Improvement Notice IN31180531 Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Fire Water Main PFEER served 12/08/2021 because ED inspection on the Forties A, 20-22 July 2021, identified that Apache failed to adequately inspect and maintain the safety critical High-Pressure Fire Water system FA-WF01, which has given rise to it being in a poor state of repair due to corrosion. The safety critical pipe work was installed approximately 45 years ago being part of the original construction. To date Apache have failed to complete a full strip removal of a substantial portion of the pipework to detect corrosion under insulation, contrary to accepted Industry Guidance which recommends inspecting by full strip of insulated and clad pipe, at intervals of between 5 to 20 years depending on criticality. Review of the information provided during ED inspection demonstrated that Apache have identified the risk of CUI to this system, but have failed to take suitable action to detect and prevent deterioration caused by corrosion. Failure of the system could result in lack of availability of firewater during an emergency situation, such as a fire or explosion. Date of compliance extension to 28/2/2022.
Compliance Date 30/11/2021 Revised Compliance Date 28/02/2022
Result Complied with

Breaches involved in this Notice

Location of Offence
Address Forties A/Apache North
Forties A

Region Scotland
Local Authority Aberdeen City UA
Industry Extractive and utility supply industries
Type of Location Offshore Safety Directive Regulator
HSE Details
HSE Group EDU1S1 HSE Directorate Energy Division
HSE Area HSE Division Scotland
Updated: 2020-03-04