Norway's Sverdrup oil production suffers outage

A view of the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea
A view of the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea, January 7, 2020. Carina Johansen/NTB Scanpix/via REUTERS

OSLO, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Equinor (EQNR.OL) said on Monday it had halted oil production at its Johan Sverdrup Phase 1, the North Sea's largest producing field, due to a technical fault in a cooling system.

Sverdrup's Phase 2 is producing oil as normal, an Equinor spokesperson said.

Sverdrup 1 has a capacity of around 535,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), Equinor data showed, while Sverdrup 2 can produce up to 185,000 bpd.

Power supply to the Johan Sverdrup field was reduced on Monday due to a technical failure, Nordic power exchange Nordpool said.

The outage is expected to last for 2-3 days, with a preliminary restart set for mid-day on Feb. 8, according to the Nordpool filing.

Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, writing by Terje Solsvik, editing by Essi Lehto and Jason Neely

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