NEW PIPER B REFLECTS PIPER A SAFETY LESSONS

Explosions and a fire on the Piper Alpha platform July 6, 1988, killed 167 offshore workers and shook the U.K. oil and gas industry's concepts about operational safety in the North Sea. The full effects of that blast on offshore safety legislation are only now being seen as fields developed after the explosion begin production. Key among the new installations is the replacement Piper Bravo platform, which started production from U.K. North Sea Block 15/17 (OGJ, Feb. 8, p. 31).

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