On Tuesday 22 November at 1730 LT the drilling rig Scarabeo 5 reported a fire in one of its engine rooms. Around 20:30 LT the fire was reported put out.

There were 106 persons on board when the incident occurred; all of them are accounted for and none are missing. One person will be sent ashore for a medical check.

Engine Room Fire on Scarabeo 5 Drilling rig

33 persons have been transported from the rig by helicopter. 14 of these were flown to a nearby installation and 19 to shore in Kristiansund.

73 persons remained on board and there are no plans currently to move more people from the rig. Work is underway to achieve normalization.

Scarabeo 5 is currently located at the Njord-field in the Norwegian Sea. No drilling operations were underway when the incident occurred. The rig is equipped with two engine rooms and a total of eight engines.

The standby vessels Ocean Response and Troms Sirius assisted the drilling rig. Three helicopters were in operation in connection with the incident.

There are no other installations currently at the Njord field.

Statoil’s second and third-line response organization has been mobilized to assist with the incident.

Source: Statoil