MOSCOW (MRC) -- Equinor was reportedly forced to halt natural gas production and some offshore personnel were evacuated from the Asgard B semi-submersible platform after fire broke out late Sunday evening, said Upstreamonline.
The blaze was extinguished after production was shut down at the platform, and nobody was injured, according to Norwegian daily E24 reports.
The Norwegian major reportedly notified the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre of Southern Norway about the fire on the semisub which is located 200 kilometres off the coast of Trondelag and 50 kilometres south of Equinor’s giant Heidrun oil and gasfield in the Norwegian Sea.
Output on the field was suspended as a result of the incident, with the earliest date for a restart put at 15 November, according to reports.
Equinor has not yet responded to Upstream’s requests for comment. Asgard has a nameplate capacity just shy of 20 million cubic metres per day, gas grid operator Gassco data showed.
The forced closure of the gasfield output also led to a drop in daily gas supplies to the UK and Europe. On 14 November, supplies to Europe were running at 304MMcmd, compared with 316 MMcmd on 13 November, data showed.
We remind, Equinor is inspecting damage at a reformer at its 226,000 barrel per day (bpd) Mongstad refinery after a fire on Sunday and it is too soon to say when the unit will be operational. The fire at the oil refinery on Norway's west coast was extinguished early on Sunday, with the main part of the refinery still in operation. "It was in a reformer," an Equinor spokesman told Reuters by email, adding that there was no estimate yet on when the unit could be restarted.