Freeze halted production – again

person by Trude Meland, Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Wind speeds up to 40 knots combined with temperatures down to -7°C proved too much for the Draugen platform, and production had to be shut down on 22 February 2010.
— Stormy weather/Photo: A/S Norske Shell/Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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That same evening, the alarm sounded and everyone on board except those with emergency response duties mustered to the lifeboats.

The alert had been given because equipment in the fire-fighting cabinet on the helideck had frozen. However, none of the 79 people on board were sent ashore.
This was the second time Draugen was shut down because of subzero temperatures. The previous occasion was the unusually cold January of 2001.[REMOVE]Fotnote: NTB. (2010, 23. februar. Is stanser produksjonen på Draugen.

Published August 8, 2018   •   Updated October 18, 2018
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