The Statoil’s drilling rig Scarabeo 5 caught fire at the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea. The platform with 106 crew on board inflamed after short circuit in engine room, which extended to fire. The accident was reported to local authorities and was requested immediate evacuations of all non-essential crew. At the scene of the troubled rig was dispatched rescue boat, which evacuated all the personnel without emergency duties, as 14 were flown to a nearby installation and 19 to shore in Kristiansund. The authorities had plans to evacuate the rest of the crew, but their started firefighting and succeeded to get control over the flames during the next hours. The fire was completely extinguished and situation was taken under control.
“There are no longer visible flames or smoke at the site of the fire on board Scarabeo 5, and the situation is under control”, said the official statement of Statoil. “All the crew was accounted safe and without reported injuries”, added he the oil company.
Earlier the company reported the accident to the public rescue services and the authorities. The Statoil’s emergency preparedness organization has been mobilized and resources are being assembled to handle the incident.
The Statoil’s drilling rig Scarabeo 5 is operated by Saipem, which operate at Njord field located around 130 kilometres north of Kristiansund at water depth of 330 m. The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority granted Statoil consent to use Scarabeo 5 for well activities associated with production wells on the field earlier this month. The activities were scheduled to begin November 10, but drilling was not yet started.