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Operator competence and capacity - Lessons from the Montara blowout

Hayes, Jan


The blowout of the Montara H1 well in the Timor Sea off the northwest coast of Australia in August 2009 was the first such incident in Australian offshore waters for 25. years. This article seeks to draw lessons for management of complex hazardous activities from these events by analysing critical decisions regarding well control barriers. Concepts such as trial and error learning, sensemaking and the need for multiple barriers are used to demonstrate why the organisation was blind to the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Safety Science
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2011.10.009


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