Fire reported on Scarabeo 5 drilling rig in Norwegian Sea

STOCKHOLM — Thirty-three people were evacuated from a drilling rig in the Norwegian Sea on Tuesday after a fire broke out in the engine room, oiland gas company Statoil said.

The fire was reported at 5:30 p.m. (1630 GMT) on board the Scarabeo 5 rig in the Njord oil field.

Statoil said 33 of the 106 people on board were airlifted by helicopter to a nearby platform or the mainland. There were no injuries reported.

The company later said the remaining 73 people would remain on board as the fire was brought under control, with no visible flames or smoke.

Statoil said no drilling operations were underway when the fire broke out on the Scarabeo 5, which is operated by Saipem.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear.

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Written by – 22/11/2016 7:25 pm

Plans were being made to evacuate 106 people from a drilling rig in the Norwegian Sea after a fire broke out in the engine room this evening.

Statoil said everyone on board the Scarabeo 5 had been accounted for and that efforts to tackle the blaze were ongoing.

The rig is operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch and is located on the Njord field.

Statoil said no drilling operations were under way at the time of the incident.

Statoil, which is the operator for the Njord field, said: “Personnel without emergency duties have been mustered to the lifeboat stations and preparations are being made to evacuate them by helicopter.”

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One Response to “Fire reported on Scarabeo 5 drilling rig in Norwegian Sea”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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