SeaRose FPSO Fire


A fire broke out in a generator on the offshore oil production SeaRose FPSO hundreds of kilometres east of St. John’s earlier this month.

No one was injured by the fire, according to a Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board bulletin.

Looking through a view porthole, workers on the SeaRose observed smoke and a small fire within the area enclosing the generator, said the C-NLOPB. The generator was turned off and the ship’s fire suppression system immediately doused the flames. Sea Rose’s prolusion system consists of Wartsila 8L46B generators, which are protected by an automatic suppression system.

A general platform alarm was sounded at the time of the incident, but the board said operations have since returned to normal. This is a great example of the value and importance of fire protection in FPSO and other offshore Oil & Gas operations.

The petroleum board said Husky is investigating how the fire started. The gas turbines located on the deck were unaffected.

Fire at Hinkley Point B


Firefighters were called to a fire at the Hinkley Point B nuclear power station in Somerset, UK.

A spokesman from EDF Energy said a “small fire” was detected in some lagging in the gas turbine house on Wednesday..

The spokesman said the fire was extinguished in a few minutes, before the fire service arrived.

“There were no injuries to any personnel,” he said.

“There has been no impact on operational activity at the power station, which continues to safely generate electricity.”

He said that an investigation was being carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

The construction of Hinkley Point B, which was undertaken by a consortium known as The Nuclear Power Group (‘TNPG’), started in 1967. The reactors were supplied by TNPG and the turbines by GEC. Hinkley Point B is an Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (AGR) which was designed to generate 1250 MW of electricity.

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