Chevron shuts in Erskine platform production

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 28
-- Chevron Corp. confirmed a fire on its unmanned Erskine platform on North Sea Blocks 23/26a and 23/26b, 150 miles east of Aberdeen, prompted a full production shut-in of 14,000 boe of mainly natural gas.

The platform’s monitoring system indicated a fire on Jan. 24. No personnel were on board, and all relevant authorities were immediately contacted, a Chevron spokesman told OGJ.

A helicopter from Miller field provided visual intelligence to Chevron and BG Group onshore teams. Subsequent fly-bys from the helicopter indicated the fire was extinguished and some platform equipment was damaged.

Throughout the incident, there was no appearance of any oil leaks or spills, Chevron said. Cause of the fire was under investigation. It was unknown as of Jan. 28 when production might resume.

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