One worker is in a serious condition after an explosion that injured two on board Equinor’s Heimdal platform in the North Sea.
A man (22) and a woman (19) were both injured when an incident occurred as a result of an explosion of a portable nitrogen gas container.
The injured workers condition is understood to be serious but not “life threatening”.
The second worker suffered physical injuries that are not as serious, Equinor said.
It is not known if it is the male or female worker who is seriously injured.
70 people on board the platform when the incident occurred.
Equinor said it was “too early” to determine the cause of the blast.
Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, said: “This is a serious work-related incident that has strongly affected all of us.
“Our main priority now is to keep following up and supporting our injured personnel and their next-of-kin.
“Their colleagues on Heimdal, where the incident occurred, are also being taken care of and we have sent extra personnel offshore to support them.”
A controlled production shutdown on Heimdal is planned to ensure proper follow-up of personnel on board the platform.
Mr Nylund added: “We have also initiated an internal investigation and we are helping the police and other relevant authorities carry out their investigations in the best possible way.”
The incident occurred on the Heimdal platform in the Norweigian section of the North Sea on Thursday.
The two injured employees were taken care of by health personnel on board Heimdal, and were transported further to Haukeland University Hospital and Stavanger University Hospital with a SAR helicopter and a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre helicopter.