Statoil announced on Sunday it had to stop production and evacuate personnel at its Statfjord A platform in the North Sea following a fire.
At 8:20 local time on Sunday morning, a platform manager reported smoke and fire coming from the utility shaft of the platform; fire was extinguished by 11:00 with no injuries reported.
“The fire started in a loading pump in the utility shaft and was restricted to one area that is separated by fire barriers. When the smoke was detected, the automatic deluge system was triggered,” the oil major stated in a report.
Fire Erupts on Statoil North Sea Jack-Up Rig
The emergency response organisation on Statfjord A worked on extinguishing the fire and the area is now being monitoring by the fireguard, Statoil added.
There were 67 people on board the platform when the incident occurred and by 10:00, 20 had been moved to Statfjord B by helicopter, the company stated further.
No injuries have been reported during the incident
However, production still had to be shut down and crew on board without emergency response assignments had to be sent to the lifeboats and gather for a debriefing on the platform.
“We are now working to confirm that the fire is abated. Production will continue to be shut down and we don’t know how long it will take to restart production,” a Statoil spokesman told media sources Sunday afternoon.
Emergency Response Team Mobilised at Statfjord
To deal with the incident, Statoil mobilised its emergency response organisations at Sandsli and Stavanger, as well as two SAR helicopters and the emergency response vessel Stril Herkules.
Statfjord A is a production platform with a concrete substructure and storage cells located at the Statfjord oil field, on the border between the Norwegian and the UK sectors of the North Sea.
In July 2016, the field produced approximately 24,700 barrels of oil per day (bpd), according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), recently hitting the 5 billion barrel mark since first oil in 1979.
The platform is located in the Norwegian sector of the field, in blocks 33/9 and 33/12 in license 037 and contains both oil and gas.