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PSA to investigate West Phoenix fire

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has launched an investigation into a fire which broke out on the West Phoenix mobile drilling unit on 5 November 2018.


This incident occurred in the mud laboratory on the facility. The fire was extinguished and no personal injuries have been reported as a result of the blaze.

West Phoenix is a semi-submersible drilling unit built to the Moss Maritime CS50 design and operated by North Atlantic Drilling. When the incident occurred, it was drilling in the Norwegian Sea with Equinor as operator.

An investigation team from the PSA has now started work on the facility.

Its objectives include clarifying the course of events, describing the actual and potential consequences, and identifying the direct and underlying causes in order to contribute to learning lessons and experience transfer.

The investigation will result in a report which will be published on psa.no.

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77