Update: BP orders complete evacuation of Valhall field in North Sea, production shut down

BP shuts Valhall production, orders full evacuationOSLO (Reuters) – BP said it ordered a total evacuation of its Valhall platform in the North Sea on Thursday after a barge broke its anchor and was drifting towards the installation following a storm.

“The barge has changed direction and BP has decided to shut production (at Valhall) and there will be a total demanning of the platform. There are 71 people left on the platform and they are being evacuated as we speak,” a BP spokesman told Reuters.

(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, writing by Gwladys Fouche; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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