OSLO May 19 Norwegian energy firm Statoil
shut oil production at its Snorre B platform in the
North Sea and evacuated a quarter of its personnel after
detecting a soil shift under a drilling template, the company
said on Monday.
Production was first shut on Saturday then halted again on
Monday when more problems were discovered during a restart
attempt, the firm said.
"Production was shut again on Monday after detecting an oil
leak, and as a precautionary measure the platform's manager has
ordered to evacuate some of the people from the platform," a
spokeswoman for the company told Reuters.
Its partners include state-owned Petoro with 30 percent,
ExxonMobil with 17.4 percent, Idemitsu Petroleum with
9.6 percent, RWE with 8.6 percent and Core Energy with
Snorre field, which has two platforms, produced 88,000
barrels of oil per day in 2013.
Statoil said the Snorre A platform was operating normally.
(Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis)