After it was announced on Saturday that smoke had been seen on a platform in Nexen’s North Sea Buzzard oilfield, production was halted and repairs were instigated. According to a spokesman for Nexen, “There was a failure on one of the gas compressors on the fourth platform a Buzzard that resulted in smoke being emitted.”
Reports from some industry sources claimed that workers on the field were assembled, ready for evacuation after a possible fire had broken out.
An investigation into the fire was launched by the HSE. A spokesman said that, “HSE undertook an initial investigation but decided there was no need to go offshore to investigate. Instead, HSE is awating the outcome of Nexen’s internal investigation before deciding what action to take.”
Although, the decision to halt production at the 200 000 bpd field could have sparked concerns over fuel price, analysts pointed out that it would take a prolonged stoppage to significantly affect market prices.
This is the second major incident to occur on a North Sea platform in less than a month with, Total’s Elgin platform springing a major gas leak in March.
Edited from various sources by David Bizley
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