Statoil investigating fire on Mariner A platform

Norwegian energy giant Statoil said today that it is carrying out an investigation into a fire on one of its North Sea platforms.

Statoil said a “small” fire was detected in the emergency generator room of the Mariner A platform yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Statoil said the fire had been put out quickly and that no crew members were harmed.

The spokeswoman said: “All people on board are safe and accounted for and no injuries were sustained.

“Statoil’s emergency response teams were mobilised to support the response effort and the relevant authorities were informed.

“An investigation is underway into the cause of the incident and to determine remedial actions.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was aware of the incident and was making “initial enquiries”.

A spokeswoman for HSE said: “HSE has been informed of a fire in a generator room on the Mariner A platform. We are making initial enquiries and are unable to comment further at this time.”

Work to install Mariner A was completed at the start of August. The platform is one of the largest on the UK continental shelf, with topside infrastructure weighing in at about 38,000tonnes.

The field, located about 95miles east of Shetland, is expected to yield 250million barrels over its 30-year production life.

First oil is slated for the second half of 2018.

The hook-up and commissioning phases are expected to create about 1,500 new North Sea jobs.

Statoil said more than 600 people were employed yesterday across three installations located on the field – Mariner A, the Noble Lloyd Noble jack-up rig and the Safe Boreas accommodation vessel.

Statoil is the operator of Mariner with 65.11% equity. Its partners are JX Nippon, which has a 20% share, Siccar Point Energy with 8.89% and Dyas with 6%.

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