C-NLOPB, Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, a Canadian offshore regulator confirmed that on 24 June 2020, on the Hebron platform, a container bumped a temporary handrail, as reported by ExxonMobil Canada.
A piece of the handrail, which weighed approximately 9kg, fell approximately 20m and landed on the intervention deck below.
According to CNLOPB, the incident had the potential for fatality, based on the Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS) calculator.
There were no injuries and no personnel were in the area.
Operator, ExxonMobil, stopped all crane operations, installed hard barriers at the handrail location and has initiated an investigation into the root cause of the incident.
As regulatory norm, The C-NLOPB is monitoring ExxonMobil’s investigation of the incident.
The field was first discovered in 1980 and is estimated to produce more than 700 million barrels of recoverable resources. Production started in November 2017.
The Hebron oil field is being developed using a stand-alone concrete gravity-based structure (GBS), is located offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada in the Jeanne d’Arc Basin 350 kilometers southeast of St. John’s.
The platform has a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels of oil.
The water depth at the Hebron field is 93 meters (Mean Sea Level).
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