On Tuesday, November 22 at 1730 (10:30 a.m. US CST) the drilling rig Scarabeo 5 report a fire in an engine room.
Fire extinguishing is being carried out on the rig, which is located at the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea.
The public rescue services and the authorities have been notified of the situation. Statoil’s emergency preparedness organisation has been mobilized and resources are being assembled to handle the incident. Personnel without emergency duties have been mustered to the lifeboat stations and preparations are being made to evacuate them by helicopter.
No drilling operations were underway at the time of the incident. There are no other installations on the Njord field at the present time. A supply vessel is at the field and several more are underway.
“Scarabeo 5” is a drilling rig operated by Saipem Norwegian Branch.
UPDATE: As of 2:00 p.m. (US CST) the Scarabeo 5 fire is under control.