KINSALE ENERGY LTD - ELECTRICAL SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE REVIEW

Kinsale Energy Ltd operate a natural gas production and storage facility off the coast of County Cork, Ireland. We were asked to provide an arc flash hazard analysis, safety training programme and maintenance programme across the utility’s two offshore platforms and one onshore facility.

INDUSTRY SUCCESS

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offshore exploration and option licences issues in Ireland in 2014

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barrels of oil thought to be in oil field off coast of Cork

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of Ireland’s energy fueled by oil and natural gas

THE CHALLENGE

Kinsale Energy Ltd wished to improve its overall system of safety at its offshore and onshore gas facilities to meet corporate requirements and update standard operating procedures. In Ireland, work offshore is governed by the Safety, Health and Welfare (Offshore Installations) Act, 1987 which specifically states that an offshore installation must have its facilities, equipment and materials maintained to protect persons employed on the installation against dangers arising in relation to their work. The project presented its own challenges due to its location at two platforms 50km at sea on the west coast of Cork – all travel to the site was via helicopter. As part of the prerequisite operating procedures, all our team underwent Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) which involved completing simulated escapes under water and engineers wore survival suits while travelling to Kinsale Energy platforms.

HOW WE HELPED

As part of the study, prospective arc flash incident energies were calculated at all electrical panels. Electrical task based risk assessments completed by us identified the hazards. Recommendations made within the risk assessments were used to further develop the system documentation and procedures. Staff were then trained in risk management when working on energised electrical panels and learned how to reduce the likelihood of accidents occurring.

THE RESULT

Labels identifying the worst-case incident energies were printed and attached to all electrical panels. Having completed the arc flash awareness training, employees are now competent to interpret the information contained on these labels and determine the level of risk faced when completing a task. Staff now have the knowledge to introduce mitigation techniques to reduce the likelihood of an accident occurring and select appropriate PPE to protect them in the event of an arc flash incident.

THE CLIENT

Kinsale Energy Ltd Kinsale Energy Ltd has been producing natural gas from its facilities off the Old Head of Kinsale since 1978. The company was acquired by PETRONAS in April 2009 and employs 60 people. Kinsale Gas enabled Ireland to be self sufficient in gas supply until 1995 and have been key players in the development of the national natural gas network in Ireland.

"Premium Power were engaged to conduct a systematic assessment of electrical safety, design integrity and operability on two offshore gas production platforms and onshore terminal and issue a report with findings. Premium Power are highly proficient and professional in their approach, I found their reports, project deliverables and ARC Flash Awareness Training Course to be a very high standard and very beneficial in improving the overall electrical safety of the facilities and the awareness of our maintenance and production crew to the potential dangers associated with electricity and Arc Flash."

Dawn DalyQuality, Health & Safety Officer

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