Staff at Norway Valhall Platform Reduced Due to Storms

BP PLC said Tuesday that it has started reducing personnel levels at its Norwegian Valhall installation in the North Sea ahead of forecast storms but added that production isn't affected.

BP spokesman Jan Erik Geirmo said: "We have started flying in people (to shore) from Valhall today and by tomorrow personnel will have been cut to 104 from 195."

Valhall is subject to subsidence which means the distance between the sea and the platform topside has decreased, presenting a potential threat to personnel in the event of very high storm waves.

"We will see whether further de-manning is required, but at this stage there is no indication that production will be affected," Geirmo said, adding that the company has already taken into account the impact of potential production cuts this winter due to Valhall's subsidence.

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