Petronas Mum on Findings Pertaining to Tukau B Platform Fire Accident

Investigation results on the fire which blazed at the Petronas Carigali's Tukau B Platform offshore Miri on June 11 this year have not yet been released, and it is unclear if the national oil company intends to make its findings public.

According to an email from Bernard Christopher's family members, Petronas has not yet informed the family about the cause of the fire, nor has the company kept them updated on the status of its findings. 

Bernard Christopher, 39, is the most seriously injured victim in the accident, and he suffered 40 percent second degree burns. He was initially warded under the Red Zone critical unit at Miri hospital. Alongside with Christopher, four other Petronas employees were injured by the blaze.

"Bernard is still undergoing treatment in Kuala Lumpur. He said that he had lodged a report on a faulty skid compressor prior to the accident. As his family, we will like to be informed of the root cause of the accident," one of Christopher's family members told Rigzone on Wednesday. 

A spokesperson from Petronas confirmed on Wednesday that the company has not released any of its investigation results to the public pertaining to the Tukau B Platform fire. The spokesperson declined to comment on whether Petronas intends to make its findings public. 

Petronas was hit by two other fire accidents this year.

The most recent Petronas-related incident involved an oil tanker which caught fire and exploded at the jetty of Petronas Chemicals Methanol Sdn Bhd on July 26, 2012. The facility is part of the Rancha-Rancha industrial zone, which is located on the island of Pulau Enoe, near Labuan.

The 38,000 deadweight-tonne MISC tanker was loading methanol when a small fire broke out during a thunderstorm, The Star Online reported on July 29, 2012. The fire quickly turned into a raging inferno sparking off at least three major explosions that could be felt throughout the island, the daily added.

Earlier on May 11 this year, a Petronas gas process plant in the GPP Complex A in Kerteh was rocked by two explosions. A worker died on the spot, while 23 others were injured. Some 2,000 workers were at the site when the explosions occurred.



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AnonYMOUS | Aug. 30, 2012
It is clear, with my years of experience working in the Petronas environment that they talk very big about safety but not practice it. One good example is that NONE of the service hands are trained to use the PERMIT system. They preach the ZERO TOLERANCE rules, but, they themselves do not practice it.... Their PTW trainers are NOT medically fit to go offshore and are not able to train the service hands, hence, the PTW system is not followed accordingly. Petronas needs to wake up and not close an eye on what really needs to be done!

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