Statoil halts production at North Sea platform after fire breaks out

Statfjord A-platform
Statfjord A-platform

Statoil today halted oil production after a fire broke out at its Statfjord A platform in the North Sea.

There were 67 people on board when the fire broke out early this morning. Statoil had evacuated 20 people by 1.00pm Central Euro-Time.

A Statoil spokesman said the situation was “under control” at around 1100 CET, with no smoke or flames visible, but it was unclear when the production could restart.

“We are now working to confirm that the fire is abated,” spokesman Ola Anders Skauby told Reuters. “Production will continue to be shut down and we don’t know how long it will take to restart production,” he added.

Statfjord is an oilfield on the border between the Norwegian and UK sectors of the North Sea which produced about 24,700 barrels of oil per day in July, the latest available data from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate showed.

It also produces natural gas, which is exported via the FLAGS pipeline to Britain.

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