Update On Gorm Field Explosion

The investigation into the gas explosion on the Gorm Field on Sunday, 20 May at around midnight has now progressed to the point where it can be concluded with reasonable certainty that the cause of the explosion was a ruptured pipe in module 5 on the Gorm C platform. The pipe in question was a high-pressure pipe from a gas compressor.

The pipe rupture occurred so quickly that even though the automatic fire and gas detection systems as well as the emergency shut-down systems in the module were functioning correctly, production was not fully shut down until immediately after the explosion.

The production shut-down helped prevent any major fires, but the explosion caused material damage to the module in question.

Representatives of the authorities have been on board to investigate the accident. It is not possible to say at this time when Module 5 will be back in operation.