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Suncor’s Plan to Resume Drilling Operations following Injury Incident in CANADA

Offshore regulator has approved Suncor Energy’s plan to resume operations on the semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Barents, following an incident, resulting in injury an employee

C-NLOPB, Canadian Offshore Regulator in Newfoundland, has given the green signal by approving Suncor Energy’s plan to resume operations on the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Transocean Barents, following an incident which resulted in an injured Transocean employee

Canadian Petroleum Board initiated a formal investigation into an incident, an offshore worker suffered injuries on a Transocean-owned drilling rig, reported by Suncor Energy on 6th of September, 2019, as we reported earlier.

On the day of incident, a Transocean employee on the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Transocean Barents was injured while preparing the rig for forecasted weather. The worker was caught between a steel adapter weighing 1400kg and a rail during crane operations.

The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) stated that, the injured worker had been released from hospital but in recent days was readmitted and is currently being monitored.

According to recently released statement by the Board, following the submission of Suncor’s investigation report to the C-NLOPB and significant engagement between the C-NLOPB and Suncor senior personnel, the identification of root causes, causal factors, corrective measures and conditions for restart have been completed or implemented to the satisfaction of the C-NLOPB.

Suncor has determined the cause of the incident to be that hazards associated with lifting equipment and operations were not effectively managed. Suncor is required to complete all pre-start-up safety reviews prior to resuming operations

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