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Fatal accident in Iran

September 11, 2004, 13:00 CEST

A 22-year-old man died on 11 September at a plant preparing pipe for the South Pars field off Iran, where Statoil is offshore operator for development phases six-eight.

The deceased was employed at the Sadaf pipe yard outside Bushehr, which has been hired as a contractor for the South Pars project.

After receiving an electrical shock, the 22-year-old was taken to hospital at once but died of his injuries.

"This is the second fatal accident in a short time at Sadaf, and we have ordered an immediate halt to work at the yard until further notice,” says Peter Mellbye, executive vice president for Statoil’s International Exploration & Production business area.

Safety has been a challenge in the South Pars project. Since becoming involved, Statoil has implemented a number of measures to tackle this aspect.

These steps include training of personnel and improvements to working procedures.

Statoil will be immediately dispatching its own inquiry team to Iran.