Two dead in Dutch North Sea gas platform accident
TWO People died and one was injured in an accident on a North Sea gas platform belonging to French oil and gas utility GDF Suez, the companysaid today .
At the time of the incident, the L5A platform, 103 kilometres north of Den Helder, was out of production and depressurized, the company said.
A GDF Suez spokeswoman in Paris said there had not been a gas explosion but an accident with a heat exchanger, which exploded while being tested under pressure. The platform has not been evacuated, she added.
Dutch Coast Guard spokesman Peter Westenberg said a high-pressure hose shot loose during maintenance work, killing two workers and injuring a third, who was taken by helicopter to the hospital. There was no fire or explosion, he said.
On its website, GDF Suez E&P Nederland says it is one of the largest operators in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, with more than 30 producing platforms and a number of sub-sea wells, all connected via a system of underwater pipelines.
The GDF Suez spokeswoman could not immediately say how much gas the platform produces when in operation.