The West Epsilon, owned by Seadrill, was in the process of completing exploration drilling for Statoil as operator of well 16/2-3 near the Sleipner field when the incident occurred at around 01.50 hours.
On Friday, three representatives of the PSA traveled to the West Epsilon to investigate the incident. The objective of the PSA's investigation is to clarify the course of events and identify triggering and underlying causes. The investigation will result in a report that will be published on the PSA's website.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway will conduct an independent investigation. The police have also requested the PSA's assistance in their investigation.
Contact in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
Telephone: +47 970 54 064