Statoil Says October Gas Terminal Accident Nearly Killed Staff


OSLO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - An accident at Statoil's Sture gas terminal in October, where five people were injured, was highly serious and almost resulted in fatalities, the Norwegian oil major said on Wednesday.

"The internal investigation report defines the incident as having the highest degree of seriousness, and concludes that in other slightly different circumstances the incident could have resulted in fatalities," Statoil said in a statement.

An accident at the Statfjord A platform was not as serious as the one at Sture, the company concluded in a separate investigation.

The investigations did not find evidence of a link tying the accidents to the company's ongoing cost cuts and efficiency drives, Statoil said.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik, editing by Stine Jacobsen)

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