Small fire stopped Mongstad

December 1, 1998, 00:00 CET

All production was halted at Statoil's Mongstad refinery near Bergen by a small fire on Monday afternoon.

Nobody was injured by the blaze, which broke out on top of the crude oil furnace just before 16.00, and material damage was slight.

Shift personnel working by the furnace put out the fire within about 10 minutes. Fire-fighters were mobilised and secured the site. The emergency response organisation was also mobilised when the fire alarm sounded.

Production ceased at the refinery in response to the blaze.

An internal inquiry team at Mongstad will investigate the site and clarify the causes of the fire. Preparations to resume production were under way on Tuesday morning, and the refinery is due to be back on line during the day.