Investigations start on Sleipner A

October 19, 1998, 01:00 CEST

Police and officials from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate are heading for Sleipner A to investigate Sunday evening's fire.

Although the flames reached as high as the helideck, it is clear that the helicopter carrying the investigators will be able to land.

"We're currently identifying the scope of the damage prior to instituting repairs," says platform manager Thormod Hope on the Statoil installation in the North Sea.

"At the moment, we don't know when gas and condensate production can be resumed."

He reports that crew will remain on board for the time being, since relatively extensive damage needs to be repaired. "The mood is good."

Field manager Arne Cock and Sleipner operations vice president Grethe Kristin Moe are also on their way to the platform together with the police and NPD officials.