Smoke on Snorre TLP

September 17, 2002, 01:00 CEST

All is again calm on the Snorre TLP in the North Sea after smoke was detected in one of the tension-leg platform's four pontoons shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 220 personnel on the TLP assembled according to evacuation routines and boarded lifboats, explains Morten Mikkelsen, public affairs contact person in Hydro Oil and Energy.

The platform was not producing at the time of the emergency due to scheduled maintenance work. All the proper authorities, including the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, have been notified of the event.

A fire-fighting team evaluated the source of smoke and confirmed it had ceased. The situation was normalized and personnel were allowed to abandon the lifeboats at 3:50 p.m.

The Snorre TLP is located in the Tampen region west of Florø, Norway. The platform started operation in 1992 and normally produces some 270,000 barrels of oil per day, including the Vigdis production.