Two Workers Die in Origin-Related Rig Accident Offshore Bass Strait

Two Workers Die in Origin-Related Rig Accident Offshore Bass Strait

An investigation has started into the deaths of two offshore workers which occurred on August 27, 2012, on a gas drilling rig – the Stena Clyde (mid-water semisub)– sited 31 miles (50 kilometers) offshore Port Campbell in the Bass Strait, Australia's Origin Energy confirmed with Rigzone Wednesday through an email statement. 

The rig is operated by Scotland's Stena Drilling for Origin.

According to a statement by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), "the workers were fatally injured during drilling operations being carried out … on a well in the Otway Basin in the Bass Strait."

Origin also confirmed that two offshore workers had lost their lives as a result of the accident on the Stena Clyde.

"We express our deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased men," a spokesperson for Origin told Rigzone.

Origin and Stena Drilling are cooperating with NOPSEMA on independent investigation works.

As of Wednesday, operations onboard the Stena Clyde remain suspended and secure, the spokesperson from Origin added. 

Records held by NOPSEMA show the Stena Clyde, built in 1976, had been involved in two incidents in Australian waters in recent years. In October 2010, an operator's hand was caught between piping, NOPSEMA said in an offshore health and safety report published on December 31, 2011. In September 2008, it suffered an equipment failure, NOPSEMA said in an offshore health and safety report published on June 2010. 



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Debasish Dey | Sep. 4, 2012
"Stena Clyde" has a very poor safety record, in the year Sept, 2007 there was huge fire on the Rig during Initial phase of Drilling at Western Australian offshore , where the fire pumpswere ineffective and defunct , Only stand by boat " Pacific Arikis" fire monitor was effective and save the rig and its crew.

Ken Rose | Aug. 30, 2012
The oil industry is going in reverse safety wise. All the money being paid out for the supervision of drill crews & rig workers. Rig managers, Tollpushers, and this includes the company man which should be in his office doing his company operations requires some close attention. These are the guys that need the training on how to work safely.

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