Oseberg to start 150,000 b/d back up by weekend

StatoilHydro said production at its Oseberg A platform and connected fields could resume by the end of this week following a fire that broke out earlier in the week and shut in some 150,000 b/d of oil and liquids.

Jun 19th, 2008

Eric Watkins
Senior Correspondent

LOS ANGELES, June 19 -- StatoilHydro said production at its Oseberg A platform and connected fields could resume by the end of this week following a fire that broke out earlier in the week and shut in some 150,000 b/d of oil and liquids.

StatoilHydro spokesman Gisle Johansen said the field center platform and connected fields are still down, and that repair works are continuing. "But we're talking about some days, not weeks," he said, "and hopefully we can resume production within the end of the week."

Oseberg field's center includes the three Oseberg A, B and D platforms, which are bridge-linked in the southern part of the field, and Oseberg C, which is located 14 km from the center.

On June 15, StatoilHydro said production from Oseberg field center in the North Sea had been temporarily shut down after a fire broke out around 5.30 p.m. in a high voltage room on the Oseberg A platform. It said the fire was quickly extinguished and that none of the 300 employees aboard the platform was injured.

StatoilHydro is operator of Oseberg and has a 49.3% stake. Other stakeholders include Petoro AS 33.6%, Total SA 10%, ExxonMobil Corp. 4.7%, ConocoPhillips 2.4%.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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