Sleipner area soon back on stream

October 22, 1998, 01:00 CEST

The Sleipner A platform is likely to resume production of gas and condensate immediately after the weekend.

This Statoil-operated installation in the North Sea has been shut down since it suffered a fire on Sunday 18 October.

However, the extensive repairs required in the wake of the accident are of a nature which makes it possible to come back on stream before they are fully completed.

Personnel on Sleipner A are in full swing with clearing up. Until Tuesday evening, the platform was closed for investigations by the police, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Statoil's own inquiry team.

"The rest of the Sleipner installations will probably start producing at the end of the week," says Henrik Carlsen, senior vice president for Natural Gas Production & Transport.