HAZMAT – Europe – Norway

EDIS Number: HZ-20110409-30238-NOR
Date / time: 09/04/2011 10:24:53 [UTC]
Area: Europe
Country: Norway
State/County: North Sea
Location: [Visund Gas Platform]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: 60 person(s)
Damage level: Moderate


Rescuers say more than 60 people have been evacuated from an oil platform off Norway's west coast after operator Statoil received reports of a gas leak. Statoil said in a statement Saturday it mobilized its emergency response teams after being informed about a leak at the Visund platform at 08:18 a.m. (0618GMT). Siv Namork of Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center told The Associated Press that 63 people had been evacuated by helicopter and about 60 more remained on the platform to control the situation. She said Statoil had the situation under control. Company officials didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. The Visund platform is in an oil and gas field about 90 miles (150 kilometers) northwest of the coastal city of Bergen.

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