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'Heavy' smoke reported on Equinor platform

Snorre B, Credit-Harald-Pettersen
Snorre B, Credit-Harald-Pettersen

“Heavy” smoke has developed at Equinor’s Snorre B platform in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, according to reports.

The Snorre B facility, located in the Snorre field, is a semi-submersible integrated drilling and process platform began production in 2001.

Current reports from police describe the smoke as “heavy”.

Equinor has confirmed the situation.

Rescue helicopters are understood to be en route to the site.

Equinor had consent to use Snorre A until 1 May 2022 and Snorre B until 1 May 2021.

Remaining reserves in the Snorre field are estimated to be around 590 million barrels.

The field has produced 1929 million barrels of oil to date.

Last year, Equinor, formerly Statoil, announced it had gained approval for the development and operation (PDO) for the Snorre Expansion Project worth nearly £1.8 billion.

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