Bad weather shuts in Aasgard B

Norway’s StatoilHydro shut in output from the Aasgard B gas platform today, saying the move was a precaution as rough weather had prevented the proper functioning of the platform’s lifeboats.

It was not clear how long the shut in would last but spokesman Geir Gjervan told Reuters: “In other cases like this we have been back up in a few days.” He said that 80 out of 120 workers were evacuated to nearby platforms or to shore. “We have done this for the last three winter seasons so it should not be a surprise to the market,” Gjervan said.

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