An offshore supply vessel collided with Equinor’s Statfjord A platform in the North Sea on Friday, forcing the evacuation of the platform but no injuries or pollution has been reported, the Norwegian energy giant said in a statement.
The collision occurred at 0155, June 7th, during loading operations involving the platform supply vessel Sjøborg.
Statfjord A is currently in a scheduled production stop, and there was no production on the platform when the incident occurred, Equinor said.
The were no injuries among the 276 people on board the Statfjord A when the incident occurred.
Equinor said the total extent of damage to platform is being investigated while the PSV Sjøborg is on its way to land under its own power. There are 12 people on board the vessel.
Initial inspections revealed that damage was sustained to the platform’s lifeboat station. The company said that the extent of the damage has caused personnel to be removed from Statfjord A to nearby installations.
Two searches and rescue helicopters (SAR) and a helicopter from the rescue coordination centre have flown personnel from Statfjord A to Statfjord B and C, and Gullfaks A, according to Equinor.
The area standby vessel Stril Herkules is at the field and is assisting in the effort to investigate the extent of the damage.
Discovered in 1974, the Statfjord oil field, which straddles the U.K.-Norwegian boundary, is the largest oil discovery ever in the North Sea and the oldest field still in production.
The Statfjord A platform has been in production in 1979. Equinor (formerly Statoil) took over as operators of the field in 1987. The field is expected to continue producing through at least 2025.