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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