Man overboard at Barents Sea's Goliat

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is investigating a man-overboard incident from the Scarabeo 8 ultra deepwater semisubmersible on the Eni-operated Goliat field in the Barents Sea.

Image from Saipem.

The incident occurred on 20 February. The person involved was recovered by the Esvagt Aurora emergency rescue and recovery vessel and was sent to the Hammerfest Hosptital with minor injuries. The area has now been cordoned off and activity has been suspended.

Among other objectives, the PSA says its investigation will seek to clarify the course of events and identity direct and underlying causes of the incident.

The Scarabeo 8 was moved to the Goliat field, in production license 229, to drill production wells in October 2013 after Eni Norge’s exploration well on the Bønna prospect came up dry.

Goliat’s estimated recoverable oil reserves are estimated at 28 MMcum and 174 MMbbl. Estimated recoverable gas reserves are 8 MMcum.

Eni Norge is the operator of PL229/229B with 65% interest with partner Statoil (35%). 

Meanwhile, CNR International (CNRI) is working to return staff to work after its Ninian Central platform in the UK North Sea was down-manned due to contamination of its potable water.

CNRI said it could take up to seven days to get the problem fully resolved.

Some 107 non-essential personnel were down manned from the platform, 249 mi. from Aberdeen, on Friday, with 192 staff remaining.

“Our people are our number one priority and there is currently no risk to personnel,” said CNRI.

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