According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, back in 2013 Petronas was made aware of “very serious” safety and integrity problems in their offshore Malaysian endeavours. The Sun obtained a copy of the 732 page internal document which highlighted a range of issues on the company’s oil and gas platforms in the three major oil and gas fields off of the Malaysian coast.
In particular four issues were outlined as being “almost certain” to lead to “catastrophic” consequences if not addressed according to the auditor of the report. In the document catastrophic is defined as an incident involving “multiple fatalities,” “extensive damage” to the facility, “massive” environmental harm, and a “major” blow to the company’s international reputation.
Numerous problems are said to have dated back years, and in some cases decades. In particular six pressure vessels were found to have internal corrosion and hadn’t been inspected in at least 20 years. The vessels hold pressurized gas or oil.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Petronas claims to have resolved the most serious problems brought forward in the audit, and that they plan to use their own technical staff in the initial years of operation of their Prince Rupert facility.
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