Norway regulator raps Rowan rig over safety

OSLO Tue May 31, 2011 5:46am EDT

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OSLO May 31 (Reuters) - A rig belonging to U.S. drilling firm Rowan (RDC.N), which is due to work off Norway, has inadequate emergency and safety equipment, the Norwegian oil safety watchdog said on Tuesday.

The authority said it had identified 17 non-conformities to regulations on the rig, called Rowan Stavanger, related to rafts, lifeboats and availability of equipment at fire stations, or expertise and training in emergency preparedness tasks.

Rowan was not immediately available to comment.

The Rowan Stavanger is due to be used as living quarters on the Yme field before being used for drilling activities off Norway, the watchdog said. Canadian company Talisman (TLM.TO) is the operator of the Yme field in the North Sea. (Reporting by Oslo newsroom, editing by Anthony Barker)

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