Incident on Seadrill rig being investigated by Norwegian authorities

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) said it is investigating a well control incident which occurred last week on Seadrill’s semi-submersible rig West Hercules.

The rig is currently operating for Equinor in the Barents Sea, and on January 16 during drilling operations the lower marine riser package on the blowout preventer was unintentionally disconnected. Work had to be halted as a result, although no injuries of environmental discharges were reported as a result of the incident.

The cause of the incident is unknown, however PSA has informed police and will support them with technical support if needed.

PSA will also conduct its own investigations, which will published once concluded.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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