Fire triggers alarm on Statoil’s platform in Norwegian Sea

Image: Øyvind Hagen - Statoil
Image: Øyvind Hagen – Statoil

A fire alarm was activated on Sunday on board Statoil’s Åsgard B platform offshore Norway.

Statoil-operated Åsgard field is located on the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea, around 200 kilometers off mid-Norway and 50 kilometers south of the Heidrun field.

The entire Åsgard field development embraces a total of 63 production and injection wells drilled through 19 subsea templates. Åsgard B is a semi-submersible gas and condensate processing platform, which came on stream on October 1, 2000.

According to a report by Stavanger Aftenblad, a Norwegian newspaper, the fire alarm was triggered on board the Åsgard B platform on Sunday due to a small fire in the pump prompting the crew to muster at the lifeboat stations.

The Norwegian newspaper further reported the situation was quickly resolved and the employees went back to their positions.

Offshore Energy Today has reached out to the platform operator as well as the Norwegian offshore safety watchdog the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) seeking confirmation of this report as well as further details about the incident.

In an e-mailed response, a spokesperson for the safety authority said: “We were notified at 18.30 yesterday about a small fire at Åsgard B.”

The spokesperson added the agency was awaiting further details on the incident from Statoil but apparently the fire was put out quickly.

We are yet to receive any response from Statoil as the operator of the field.

The article has been updated with a statement from the Petroleum Safety Authority. 

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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