Statoil Shuts Down Production Asgard B

Production on the Statoil-operated Asgard B platform in the Norwegian Sea was shut down on January 15th after sparks and smoke appeared in an exhaust system. The crew quickly got the situation under control.

Personnel who did not have an emergency response role mustered at the lifeboats.

The sparks and smoke occured in an exhaust system in the turbine for one of the export ducts. Statoil is investigating the cause, and an inquiry team has been appointed.

Due to the shutdown, condensate and gas exports from the Statoil-operated Asgard B and Mikkel fields have been halted. Output from Asgard B represents about 45,000 barrels of condensate and roughly 27.5 million cubic meters of gas per day. Mikkel accounts for about 11,000 barrels of condensate and 4.5 million cubic meters of gas per day.

Production has also been stopped on the Statoil-operated Kristin field, which produces 11 million cubic meters of gas and about 62,000 barrels of condensate per day.

During normal operation, the Asgard gas is mixed with gas from other fields in the area before being sent through the Asgard Transport trunkline to the karsto processing complex north of Stavanger.

Gas from the Statoil-operated Heidrun field, which is usually sent to Karsto via the Asgard Transport line will be reinjected into Heidrun while Asgard B is shut down. This represents about 1.5 million cubic meters per day.

It is not yet clear when production can resume from Asgard B, but the shutdown has not affected deliveries to Statoil's gas customers.

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