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PSA investigating serious lifting incident on West Epsilon

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has initiated an investigation following a serious lifting incident in the early hours of Friday, 14 September on the mobile drilling facility West Epsilon. In connection with a lifting operation, a conductor casing weighing several tonnes fell onto the driller's cabin on the drill floor. Two people have been sent to land by helicopter with minor injuries.

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
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no