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One Explosion (Varanus Island) Many Inquiries 18 10 09

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One of a continuing series of presentations on the Varanus Island gas pipeline ruptures, explosion & fire of 3 June 2008. The focus of this paper is inquiries, but other papers have focussed on …

One of a continuing series of presentations on the Varanus Island gas pipeline ruptures, explosion & fire of 3 June 2008. The focus of this paper is inquiries, but other papers have focussed on business impacts in WA, Australia and internationally.

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  • 1. Christine F Miller Consultant Business Continuity Manager Helping build business resilience 1
  • 2. DISCLAIMER My remarks should NOT be considered the views of the Australian Government or any of its departments or agencies for which I have worked. Any information in this presentation is drawn from public sources. 2
  • 3. Overview WHERE is Varanus Island? WHAT happened on 3 June 2008? INQUIRIES & IMPACTS LESSONS LEARNT since Longford & Varanus incidents Helping build business resilience 3
  • 4. Varanus Island 4
  • 5. Apache & Santos Apache & HJV - Apache, Santos Kufpec & Tap Oil Woodside ChevronTexaco, Santos & ExxonMobil 5
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  • 10. Pipelines entering the plant from the sea 10
  • 11. Control room staff on a quiet day 11
  • 12. Helping build business resilience 12
  • 13. SHOW VIDEO from Varanus Island 13
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  • 15. Helping build business resilience 15
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  • 19. Helping build business resilience 19
  • 20. Helping build business resilience VARANUS ISLAND 4 June 2008 20
  • 21. 21
  • 22. Helping build business resilience 22
  • 23. Helping build business resilience 23
  • 24. Helping build business resilience 24
  • 25. Initial inspections 25
  • 26. Crikey 1 - After the explosion 26
  • 27. Crikey 2 – The damaged pipes 27
  • 28. Crikey 3 – A piece of pipe 28
  • 29. Crikey 4 – The corroded pipe 29
  • 30. Helping build business resilience 30
  • 31. National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority (NOPSA) reported 7 October 2008 31
  • 32. 1330 hrs 3/6/08 1427 hrs Sketch from NOPSA Report 7 October 2008 3 4 1 2 32
  • 33. FINDINGS - NOPSA INQUIRY Possible breaches of WA legislation “Some findings…may constitute non-compliance with pipeline conditions” (p 37). Helping build business resilience 33
  • 34. The Senate Economics Committee made 6 Recommendations Helping build business resilience 34
  • 35. Helping build business resilience 35
  • 36. Offshore Petroleum Regulation Inquiry Australia’s Minister for Resources & Energy Martin Ferguson AM MP WA Minister for Mines & Petroleum Norman Moore MLC 36
  • 37. Offshore Petroleum Regulation Inquiry Reduced terms of reference & publication David Agostini Former GM, Woodside NW Shelf & a Non-Executive Director, Neptune Marine Kym Bills Former CEO Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 37
  • 38. The WA Gas Supply & Emergency Management Committee (GS&EMC) Government of Western Australia Chaired by Jason Banks, Office of Energy WA Coordinator of Energy GS&EMC conducted WA’s Gas Supply & Emergency Management Review Announced by WA Minister for Energy Peter Collier MLC 38
  • 39. Helping build business resilience 39
  • 40. •WA State •WA Local •The Commonwealth Helping build business resilience 40
  • 41. Following 3 June 2008, WA’s business continuity experienced a non-routine business disruption or a supply chain disruption Helping build business resilience 41
  • 42. Then Western Australian Premier Carpenter 42
  • 43. WA Office of Energy gas pipelines Helping build business resilience 43
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  • 45. Reduced gas & power 45
  • 46. Recommissioned coal fired power stations 46
  • 47. Mineral/petroleum production Woodside gas processing, Karratha 47
  • 48. Mineral processing Fertiliser & ammonia Alumina Nickel smelting 48
  • 49. Logging & construction Cement production 49
  • 50. Reduced gas impacted industrial laundries Hospitals Hospitality and tourism 50
  • 51. Food processing 51
  • 52. Reduced beer & soft drink supplies 52
  • 53. www.tisn.gov.au Helping build business resilience 53
  • 54. Economic & Energy Security Dependencies Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wayne Swan Treasurer 54
  • 55. Lessons Learnt Summary 1 “Everyone is a reporter” Expect insurance delays Expect inquiries Helping build business resilience 55
  • 56. Lessons Learnt Summary 2 Beware “risk blindness” Seek “collective mindfulness” = HROs & organisational resilience Helping build business resilience 56
  • 57. Lessons Learnt Summary 3 Inject scenarios beyond the local & maximise options for your reliability professionals Helping build business resilience 57
  • 58. International Safety Quality Environment Management Association (ISQEM) http://www.isqem.com/ 58
  • 59. Any questions? b4crisis@grapevine.net.au Cell/Mobile +61 416 113 250 Photos courtesy of Neptune Marine - repairing Varanus Island’s pipelines 59