Two Equinor workers injured in serious incident in North Sea

Two Equinor employees were injured in a serious work-related incident on board the Heimdal platform in the North Sea on Thursday, November 28.

The Heimdal platform. (Photo: Equinor/IKM)

Equinor said on Friday that the incident had occurred as a result of an explosion of a portable gas container on board, and was reported in to Equinor’s emergency response centre at 1806 CET. There were 70 personnel on board the platform when the incident occurred.

The two injured employees were taken care of by health personnel on board Heimdal, and were transported further to Haukeland University Hospital and Stavanger University Hospital with a SAR helicopter and a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre helicopter.

Equinor is following up both those injured and their families. The Heimdal organization is also being taken care of, Equinor said.

On Thursday night extra personnel travelled out to the platform to follow up those who were on board.

Equinor also said that relevant authorities had been informed and updated, and the incident would be investigated further.

Heimdal is a gas field west of Sveio in Hordaland county, in the northern part of the North Sea, north of Johan Sverdrup and south of Oseberg, near the border with the UK shelf. The Heimdal Gas Centre, on Production Licence (PL) 036, is a hub for the processing and distribution of gas. It consists of an integrated steel platform, and a riser platform.

Current Heimdal partners are Equinor (29.4% – operator), Petoro (20%), Total E&P Norge (16.7%), Spirit Energy (28.8%) and LOTOS Exploration and Production (5%).

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