Norway’s Equinor evacuates North Sea platform after collision with provide vessel
Norwegian oil and fuel agency Equinor has evacuated oil staff from its Statfjord A platform within the North Sea after it was struck by a provide vessel, the corporate mentioned on Friday.
The platform was not producing when the collision occurred at 1:55 a.m. on Friday (2355 GMT on Thursday), and there have been no accidents to the 276 individuals on the platform, the corporate mentioned.
The platform has been shut for the reason that finish of May for upkeep anticipated to final via July, an Equinor spokesman mentioned.
It was too early to say whether or not the upkeep must be extended because of the incident, he added.
Staff have been evacuated by helicopter to close by platforms whereas Equinor investigated the extent of the harm, which included hurt to the lifeboats.
“We have supported Equinor with helicopters. There is not any threat to life on the platform,” a spokesman for the rescue coordination centre for southern Norway mentioned.
The provide vessel, the PSV Sjoeberg, was heading to land unassisted, with 12 individuals onboard, Equinor mentioned.
Statfjord is operated by state-controlled Equinor with a 44.three% stake, whereas ExxonMobil holds 21.four% and the remainder is held by two items of Spirit Energy, information from Norway’s Petroleum Directorate reveals.
Statfjord, which opened in 1979, is among the many oldest fields nonetheless producing within the North Sea.