Siri Platform Manned Again Following Evacuation

Dong Energy reported today that all employees have returned to and production restarted at the Siri platform offshore Denmark. Production is expected to return to its normal level over the weekend.

The company decided on the afternoon of Sept. 12 to send the employees at the Siri platform to shore due to a gale warning including high waves. The company was conducting a large-scale renovation job at Siri, after having detected some cracks in the subsea structure in 2009.

Due to the identified cracks the company chose to fly staff on shore as an extra safety precaution, when so-called significantly high waves of more than six metres were expected, said head of production operations Diana Leo. It was the first time the company decided to fly all staff to shore.

The demanning only took place as a measure of caution. There was no danger at any time, neither to employees, material nor to the environment. Workers were transported to shore by six helicopters over a period of six hours, in good time before the waves started coming.

"The successdull operation supports our belief that our systems of preparedness really work and that, in practice, we can solve all types of tasks," said Leo.