North Sea Yme platform evacuated
11 July 2012
A platform used by Talisman Energy for the Yme oilfield off Norway and which Dutch maritime oil and gas engineer SBM Offshore was working on, has been evacuated, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway said in a statement. The platform, which is currently under construction, was evacuated due to problems with its substructure, Talisman said on July 11.
"The reason why we chose to evacuate the installation was that we failed to receive a piece of documentation regarding the jack-up, and for security reasons we chose to evacuate," said Talisman spokesman Andreas Middlethon.
"The substructure is critical for the security of the installation, so we decided to be extra careful and evacuate. We expect to be delayed by a few days," he added.
The field, discovered in 1987 offshore Norway, is not currently producing, and has reserves of 12 million cubic metres of recoverable oil left.
Talisman has a 60 percent stake in the installation, while Poland's second-largest refiner Lotos has 20 percent, Norske ADEC holds 10 percent and Wintershall 10 percent.
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