August 16, 2014 / 9:39 PM / in 6 years

Statoil shuts Sleipner A platform after alarm - newspaper

OSLO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut production at its Sleipner A platform in the North Sea after a gas alarm, the Stavanger Aftenblad newspaper said on Saturday, quoting a company spokesman.

The fault, caused by condensate evaporation, was quickly resolved and none of the 233 people on the rig were evacuated, a Statoil spokesman told the newspaper.

The Sleipner East field where the platform is located is among Norway’s biggest gas fields and produced 5.9 billion cubic metres of gas last year.

Statoil is Europe’s second biggest gas supplier after Gazprom and Norwegian gas accounts for around a fifth of the European Union’s consumption.

Statoil could not immediately be reached for comment. (Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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