Equinor started a full evacuation when a fire broke out in a compressor building at Tjeldbergodden on Wednesday. No people were injured, but the company promises an investigation.
2. of. 2020 15:16
Last updated 15 minutes ago
The fire was reported at 14.40. It took about an hour to turn it off.
Heavy smoke was reported in a compressor building at the methanol factory at Tjeldbergodden, and the emergency services moved out.
According to operations manager Tove Anita Asp at the police in Møre og Romsdal, there was no danger of explosion or spread while the fire was going on.
Frode Alfheim, leader of the LO union Industri Energi, calls the fire a very serious incident.
Fortunately, no one was injured. Now we must get to the bottom of what has happened, so that this can never happen again. Security is the most important thing, says Alfheim.
All accounted for
The compressor building where the fire started is three storeys high, Eek states.
– There were no personnel inside the building when the fire was reported. The personnel at the facility were quickly accounted for in connection with the evacuation, and no one was reported physically injured, he says.
According to press spokesperson Morten Eek in Equinor, it is too early to say anything about the extent of the damage. It is also not clear what is the cause of the fire.
– This will now be investigated further, he says.
Until further notice, all facilities at the methanol factory and the air gas factory at Tjeldbergodden have been closed down. Extinguishing took place on site throughout the afternoon on Wednesday.
The industrial plant at Tjeldbergodden consists of three factories: a methanol plant, a gas reception plant and an air gas plant.
The plant was officially opened on 5 June 1997. The methanol plant is the largest in Europe and has a production capacity of 900,000 tonnes of methanol per year.
Tjeldbergodden accounts for about 25 percent of Europe’s methanol production.
Equinor owns 82.01 percent of the factory, while ConocoPhillips Scandinavia has an ownership share of 17.99 percent, according to Equinor’s website.
Also in 2018, a fire broke out at the industrial plant at Tjeldbergodden.
Bellona sees context
On 28 September this year, a fire also broke out in one of the five gas turbines at Equinor’s plant on Melkøya outside Hammerfest. The plant, which is now closed until 1 October next year, produces liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Snøhvit field.
The environmental foundation Bellona claims in a press release that significant savings have been made in maintenance both on Melkøya and on Tjeldbergodden.
– When such incidents occur close to each other, it indicates a systemic problem in Equinor. An investigation must be made into the way Equinor carries out maintenance, says Bellona CEO Frederic Hauge.
Equinor, for its part, believes that it is too early to draw such conclusions.
Incidents are always thoroughly investigated to identify causal factors. It happens in this case as well, says Eek to NTB.
– There is an ongoing investigation on Melkøya, and also the fire on Tjeldbergodden will be investigated, he says.
*We just want readers to access information more quickly and easily with other multilingual content, instead of information only available in a certain language.
*We always respect the copyright of the content of the author and always include the original link of the source article.If the author disagrees, just leave the report below the article, the article will be edited or deleted at the request of the author. Thanks very much! Best regards!
These were the details of the news Fire extinguished in Equinor facility on Tjeldbergodden, police say for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.
It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at time24.news and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.