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.