The Piper Alpha disaster in July 1988 was a painful reminder to all personnel involved in the offshore industry, and emphasized the importance of giving safety the first priority. This paper will concentrate on work initiated within Phillips Petroleum Company Norway (PPCoN) because of the Piper Alpha accident.
PPCoN is the operator of more than 20 platforms in the Greater Ekofisk Area on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Many of these platforms were designed 15 years ago, and have been less modified to meet revised operational requirements. We are therefore operating platforms which are in a similar period of life as Piper Alpha, even though there are differences. PPCoN is therefore very interested in learning as much as possible from the accident.