Worker injured on Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen project in South Korea

One worker was injured in Hyundai Heavy Industries’ yard in Ulsan, South Korea while working on a project for the Norwegian oil company Statoil.

In an e-mail to Offshore Energy Today, Statoil’s spokesperson said the worker was injured in the leg while working on the Aasta Hansteen hull for Statoil’s new spar platform. The incident occurred in March and it was caused by a falling object.

The spokesperson said: “The incident is taken very seriously and is under investigation by the yard. Statoil are following up very closely with the yard management.”

To remind, the South Korean shipyard is building the 70,000-tonne platform for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen field located in the Norwegian Sea. The field is being developed with a floating integrated platform of the spar type and two subsea templates with a total of eight well slots.

The Aasta Hansteen spar will be the first spar deployed in Norwegian waters, the first spar concept chosen by Statoil, and the largest ever built with a total hull length of 195 meters.

While initially scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2017, the production from the field was postponed in October 2015 due to delays in construction of the platform with first gas now expected in 2018.

This is not the first time for an accident to happen at Hyundai’s Ulsan yard. In November 2014, one worker, employed by a HHI subcontractor as part of Eni’s Goliat platform construction project, died after a heavy load fell on him from a height of five meters.

Offshore Energy Today Staff

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