Oil and gas firm Equinor has confirmed that it has begun down-manning procedures on its Martin Linge platform in the Norwegian section of the North Sea.
The Stavanger-headquartered firm said it had started evacuation of the asset yesterday upon the discovery of coronavirus (Covid-19).
Around 40 workers were removed from the Martin Linge yesterday, while a further hundred were removed today.
The infected individual was removed by helicopter yesterday afternoon, according to reports.
The Martin Linge field currently has three assets in operation and 776 staff working in the basin.
It is currently under construction and is planned to start production at the end of 2020.
Equinor said yesterday it was “in dialogue” with the Norwegian health authorities about further measures.
Measures to prevent further contamination for offshore installations has been introduced.
It is understood the infected worker has recently traveled to Austria.
Yesterday, Equinor also confirmed that it is “responding to a suspected case” of coronavirus on board its Mariner platform in the UK North Sea.
The Norwegian firm said it has “mobilised emergency response support” and has undertaken its “isolation procedure” with the suspected infected worker.
It added: “We are committed to the highest ethical standards and will only respond to confirmed information as and when it becomes available.”