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Response centre established by PSA

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) established its emergency response centre this morning, 7 November, following a serious stability incident on the Floatel Superior rig.

This vessel is currently located alongside the Njord A installation operated by Statoil on the Halten Bank in the southern Norwegian Sea.

The incident was notified to the PSA at 04.15, with a report that an anchor had punctured one of the ballast tanks. This led to the flotel developing a list of three-four degrees.

As conditions developed, Statoil initiated an evacuation of the 374 people on board when the incident occurred. The flotel is using dynamic positioning and has been disconnected from Njord A.

The PSA takes a very serious view of the incident, and has staffed up its response centre. Its role in an emergency is to supervise the operator’s management of the incident.

Floatel Superior
This unit is a dynamically positioned (DP3) semi-submersible unit with a quarters module aft and an open work deck forward. It can accommodate 440 people in single cabins when operating on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The flotel was delivered in March 2010 by Keppel Fels (Shipyard Road) in Singapore, and is operated by Sweden’s Floatel International (Fiab) of Gothenburg.

An acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) was issued by the PSA to this company for Floatel Superior on 20 December 2010.

PSA switchboard - +47 51 87 60 50