Norway's PSA Investigating Lethal Accident on Saipem 7000

Petroleum Safety Authority Norway

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has initiated an investigation into a lethal accident on the lifting facility Saipem 7000 on Sunday. August 12th. A person fell overboard and died during a lifting operation performed for Statoil at the Tordis field. The SAR helicopter from Statfjord A and three emergency vessels arrived at the site and participated in the search. After approximately one and a half hours, the person was localized on the seabed at a depth of approximately 200 meters by Saipem's own ROV. The person was then brought onboard.

On Monday morning, two Petroleum Safety Authority Norway representatives traveled out to the Saipem 7000 to investigate the incident. The purpose of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's investigation is to clarify the chain of events and identify trigger factors and underlying causes. The investigation will result in a report which will be published on the PSA's website.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is carrying out an independent investigation. In addition, the police have requested assistance in their investigation.

The last time a lethal accident occurred in the petroleum activities on the Norwegian Shelf was in 2002.