Oil Workers Evacuated From Platform After Support Vessel Fire

Published at 12:48PM - 14/12/14

Nearly 300 oil platform workers were evacuated in the North Sea after a fire broke out on a nearby support vessel which began drifting towards it.  The Edda Frende, a Norwegian support supply vessel (PSV), was located fourteen miles away from the BG Group rig when the incident occurred onboard.

The fire was rapidly put out and the workers were safe. However, the vessel itself was left drifting due to unpredictable and potentially dangerous weather conditions.  BG Group were quick to evacuate their staff from the Lomond platform and the Borgholm Dolphin flotel, which were located fourteen miles away from the vessel’s location. A BG spokesman said that the owner of the ship was keeping the company updated.

The Lomond oil platform has been undergoing significant investment to boost its reliability and integrity. A spokesperson from Dolphin Drilling said that the down-manning of non-essential staff had been completed as a precaution, with the staff being transferred to Aberdeen. All staff were accounted for and no injuries were reported.

Last updated on 01:09PM - 15/12/14