Western Australia’s gas supply has been disrupted due to an explosion at the Apache Energy off Dampier (shown below) on 3 June 2008. Thirty per cent of the gas supply for that state is out of action.
There were no injuries and personnel were evacuated safely. The explosion site is pictured below.
This explosion presents important energy supply questions for the Western Australian government but, in the context of this blog, there are several paths to follow. One will be to watch how Apache Energy handles the disaster management and business continuity. The government will, undoubtedly, begin an inquiry and it will be interesting to note the assessment team structure and reporting lines.
Another perspective will be to watch all of this evolve in comparison with the Esso Longford explosion in Victoria in 1998 which took out domestic and industrial gas supplies for almost two weeks. This incident lead to a Royal Commission. Compare and contrast.