STAVANGER, Norway – One of the employees injured last week during an accident on the Heimdal platform in the Norwegian North Sea remains in a serious condition, according to operator Equinor.
Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway at Equinor, said a controlled production shutdown had been implemented on the platform, and that an internal investigation was under way.
The two injured employees, a man (22) and a woman (19), have since been transported to Haukeland University Hospital and Stavanger University Hospital.
The incident followed an explosion of a portable nitrogen gas container on the platform and was reported to Equinor’s emergency response center at 18.06 last Thursday. At the time 70 people were on board the platform.
A team from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway and the Norwegian police have since traveled to the platform to begin their investigations.