Investigators have flagged up a number of regulatory breaches that caused a fire to break out on a rig in the Norwegian Sea last year.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said it had uncovered problems with fire prevention measures, systems for handling emergency responses and for training and drills on the Scarabeo 5 rig.
PSA has asked rig operator Saipem to explain how it will address these issues.
Investigators said the fire was caused by a leak in a diesel oil pipe associated with a generator, and resulted in damage to equipment.
One person was sent to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation, but was discharged the following day.
The blaze was detected on November 22 in one of the rig’s two engine rooms and crew had to report to muster stations.
A total of 106 workers were on board at the time of the incident.
Statoil said the flames had been put out, but not before 33 workers were evacuated from the rig by helicopter.
Fourteen were flown to a nearby installation and a further 19 were brought ashore to Kristiansund.
Statoil − which operates the Njord field, where the rig was located – said the remaining 73 workers would be able to stay on the rig.