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The PSA investigates fatal accident on Saipem 7000

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has initiated an investigation into a fatal accident on the lifting facility Saipem 7000 on Sunday 12 August. A person fell overboard and died during a lifting operation performed for Statoil at the Tordis field.

Saipem 7000 was engaged in lifting in place the subsea separator at the Tordis field in the northern North Sea when a person was observed falling into the sea.

The SAR helicopter from Statfjord A and three emergency vessels arrived at the site and participated in the search. After approx. one and a half hours, the person was localised on the seabed at a depth of approx. 200 metres by Saipem's own ROV. The person was then brought onboard Saipem.

On Monday morning, two Petroleum Safety Authority Norway representatives travelled out to Saipem 7000 to investigate the incident. The purpose of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's investigation is to clarify the chain of events and identify trigger factors and underlying causes. The investigation will result in a report which will be published on the PSA's website.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is carrying out an independent investigation. In addition, the police have requested assistance in their investigation.

The last time a fatal accident occurred in the petroleum activities on the Norwegian Shelf was in 2002.

Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
Telephone: +47 970 54 064
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no