Fire breaks out on Knarr FPSO off Norway

A fire broke out onboard Petrojarl Knarr Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) unit, offshore Norway early this morning.

The vessel is operating on the Knarr field offshore Norway for BG Group. It has been leased from Teekay Corporation and is moored approximately 120 kilometres off the Norwegian coast.

According to BG Group’s statement sent to Offshore Energy Today, the situation on board the Petrojarl Knarr is under control.

The incident was reported at approximately 01.45 hours this morning. BG described the incident as “a small fire in a technical room.” The fire has been extinguished and the situation has been normalised, BG Group reported.

The BG Group incident response team, Teekay Petrojarl incident response team and relevant external authorities were mobilised according to plan, BG has said.

All personnel are accounted for and there are no reported injuries, the company said in the press statement.

Furthermore, the production has been shut down and there has been no reported impact to the environment, BG reported.

Offshore Energy Today has also reached out to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway seeking more info, but the press officer did not reply to an e-mail or a phone call.

The FPSO Petrojarl Knarr started production less than a week ago. The vessel has a production capacity of 63 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day and a storage capacity of 800 000 barrels.

Update: March 24, 2015, 10:37 CET

In a telephone conversation with Offshore Energy Today, a Petroleum Safety Authority spokesperson said the Knarr incident is being taken very seriously. The spokesperson said it was too early to say what caused the fire outbreak, adding that the PSA will be sending a crew to carry out an investigation later this afternoon.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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