Fatal accident on Byford Dolphin

April 18, 2002, 09:55 CEST

A 44-year-old man on board the Byford Dolphin drilling rig lost his life in a working accident at 18.20 yesterday, 17 April.

The accident happened when a piece of pipe fell down.

The injured man was brought to Stavanger by helicopter but unfortunately his life could not be saved.

Byford Dolphin was working on the Sigyn field in the North Sea when the accident occurred. Esso is operator of the field and Statoil is carrying out drilling services for Esso. Byford Dolphin is owned by Fred Olsen Energy.

Statoil has launched an internal committee of inquiry to investigate the cause of the accident. Officials from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the Norwegian police, Statoil, Esso and Dolphin travelled to Byford Dolphin yesterday evening. Medical personnel and a clergyman will be sent out to the rig as soon as possible.