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Fire aboard Equinor FPSO quickly contained at Norway shipyard

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A fire that occurred on the Johan Castberg floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, Johan Castberg was contained shortly after being identified on Thursday, according to a Reuters report.

A company spokesperson told Reuters the vessel suffered only minor damage.

Aker Solutions, the shipyard owner, said all personnel working on the vessel were evacuated, and there were no reports of injuries.

According to Aker, “The fire started in relation to work at the cargo deck, and the cause of the incident will be investigated.”

A preliminary assessment indicated limited damages. Aker said work has commenced on the platform except for a smaller area which will remain closed until assessments are concluded.

It does not expect the incident to influence the progress of the project for the development of Norway’s Johan Castberg field. The project is scheduled for development startup in 2024, and will produce for 30 years.

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