Small fire on Heimdal

September 6, 2002, 01:00 CEST

A small fire was discovered at about 4:00 a.m. today, Sept. 6, on the main deck of the Heimdal platform in the North Sea. The fire was quickly extinguished. No one was injured.

All safety and emergency response functions performed as planned. Both production and the export of gas has been halted until further notice. The incident has been reported to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in accordance with normal procedure.

The fire was likely due to a flow of flammable liquid from a ventilation vent in the glycol unit. The liquid is believed to have come into contact with an exhaust pipe on the main compressor. An investigation team will travel out to the platform today. 

Heimdal consists of an integrated steel platform and a new riser platform - and is a central point for the processing and distribution of gas. In addition to gas from the Heimdal field itself, the Heimdal platform gets gas from the Oseberg Filed Center for further transport through the Statpipe system to the Ekofisk field and then through the Norpipe pipeline to Emden in Germany.

Installation of the Vesterled pipeline also connected Heimdal to the gas transport system from the Frigg field to the St. Fergus gas terminal in Scotland.

Location: Block 25/4, approx. 35 km south of the Frigg field and 180 km west of Stavanger.

Participants:

Hydro (operator) 19.27 percent
Marathon 23.80
Statoil 20.00 
Petoro 20.00 
TotalFinaElf 11.94 
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