Premier eFinance: BP North Sea oil platform forced to shut down after fire.

BP promises probe into “serious” incident at offshore oil field.
July 13, 2011 - PRLog -- Premier eFinance has learned that BP brought oil output to a halt on the Valhall field in the North Sea recently when a fire broke out on its production platform forcing the evacuation of hundreds of workers. The oil giant responsible for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill said there was no risk of oil spill s here.

"Production is shut in and there is no risk for an oil spill," Jan Erik Geirmo, a spokesman for BP informed Premier eFinance. "It is serious when you have a fire on a production platform and the cause of this is something we need to investigate... and it's too early for us to speculate."
"But it is quite clear that it was a serious incident."

The fire started in a compressor on Valhall's production platform around 1500 GMT on July 13, and has been extinguished, according to Geirmo.

BP evacuated personnel and all were reported safe, the spokesman said. Beforehand, 638 people had been working at Valhall, which is situated about 180 miles off of the southern coast of Norway.

The BP spokesman was unable to tell Premier eFinance when the production on the field would restart.

New York-based Hess the majority owner of Valhall, with a 64 % partners with BP who operate the field and own the remaining stake.

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