One confirmed fatality in accident on Tambar

Aker BP confirms that one person has passed away following the serious accident on the Maersk Interceptor drilling rig on Tambar on Thursday.

Maersk Interceptor is currently drilling wells on the Tambar field for Aker BP. The deceased, a Norwegian citizen and employee of Maersk Drilling, fell into the sea during maintenance work on the rig. The person was picked up from the water by a standby vessel and transported by helicopter to Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen.

Another person, also an employee of Maersk Drilling, was injured during the incident. His condition is not critical. The person has been transported to Stavanger University Hospital.

“Our thoughts are now with the families, the injured person and everyone else who is affected by this serious accident. We have cooperated closely with Maersk Drilling and will do everything we can to take care of those affected and their families in this difficult situation,” says Chief Executive Officer of Aker BP Karl Johnny Hersvik.

The report of a serious incident on Maersk Interceptor came at 12.10 on Thursday. How the incident occurred has not yet been clarified.

“This is a serious accident, and we will do our utmost to identify the cause. We will make all resources available in the upcoming investigation,” says Hersvik.

“We will now continue to focus fully on safeguarding the personnel on board Maersk Interceptor, the personnel on the Ula field and other employees in Aker BP and Maersk Drilling who are affected by this serious incident,” says Hersvik.

The drilling operation on Maersk Interceptor has been secured. Production on Tambar has been shut down. The emergency response organisation in Aker BP was immediately mobilised and has cooperated closely with Maersk Drilling, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and relevant authorities to handle the situation.

About the Tambar field

The Tambar field is located 16 km southeast of Ula. The field has been developed with a normally unmanned wellhead platform, controlled from Ula.

Media contacts: 
Tore Langballe, VP Communications, tel.: +47 907 77 841
Ole-Johan Faret, Press Spokesman, tel.: +47 402 24 217
email: [email protected]

Investor contacts:
Jonas Gamre, VP Investor Relations, tel.: +47 971 18 292
Kjetil Bakken, IR Manager, tel.: +47 91 889 889

About Aker BP:
Aker BP is a fully-fledged E&P company with exploration, development and production activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Aker BP is the operator of Alvheim, Ivar Aasen, Skarv, Valhall, Hod, Ula and Tambar. The company is also a partner in the Johan Sverdrup field. Aker BP is headquartered at Fornebu, Norway, and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker ‘AKERBP’. More about Aker BP at www.akerbp.com.

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