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Statoil offshore platform catches fire

Norwegian energy major Statoil has announced that a fire occurred in a utility shaft on its offshore platform Statfjord A on Sunday morning.

The fire started in a loading pump in the utility shaft and was restricted to one area that is separated by fire barriers. The emergency response organisation on the platform managed to put out the fire within three hours, and the area is now being monitored by the fireguard.

There were 67 people on board when the incident occurred and 20 people had been moved to another platform in the field, Statfjord B, by helicopter and crew on board without emergency response assignments were sent to the lifeboats. Production at Statfjord A was shut down and no injuries have been reported.

It was an eventful weekend for Statoil, with a well control incident reported on Saturday involving drilling rig Songa Endurance operating in the Troll field. Work is now being carried out to stabilise the well.

There were 107 people on board when the incident occurred. Personnel without work assignments in connection with the incident have been removed from the rig. No injuries were reported and Statoil said there was no risk of an oil spill.

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