Husky Energy’s rig spilled BOP control fluid off Canada

Henry GoodrichThe Canada’s largest integrated energy company Husky Energy reported unauthorized discharge of Blowout Preventer (BOP) control fluid from the semi-submersible drilling rig Henry Goodrich off Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the Canadian offshore safety body C-NLOPB and the company operator, the accident occurred on March 26. The statement says that 40 barrels of Blowout Preventer control fluid spilled into the water. The spilled fluid consisted of 68% water, 28% Glycol and 4% Stack Magic, which is hydraulic substance for BOP systems, used for corrosion protection, anti-wear lubrication and resistance to microbiological attack. It was not released what can be the effect of the spilled fluid to the environment.

“The rig had been at a delineation well northwest of the main White Rose field offshore Newfoundland and Labrador at the time of the incident”, said the spokesperson of Husky Energy in answer to Offshore Energy Today. “The fluid discharged is a BOP control fluid approved for use offshore NL, which is comprised primarily of water and glycol”, added the spokesperson of Husky Energy.

At the time of the accident, the drilling rig was disconnected from the BOP at the time of the release and had moved off the well due to impending weather.

The local authorities are monitoring the area and started investigation to the root cause of the accident.