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    Åsgard B remains shutdown

    News // January 31, 2003
    Production from Statoil's Åsgard B gas platform in the Norwegian Sea is expected to remain shut down until mid-February because of damage to its flare system.

    Inspection work following the discovery of this problem on 19 January has identified a need to repair piping at the end of the flare boom.

    The damage is not extensive, says Ola Krumsvik, operations vice president for Åsgard. But it is located 110m over the platform's main deck and is difficult to access, and this calls for extensive preparation before repair work can begin.

    Åsgard B is a semi-submersible floater which responds to sea motion. Weather and waves could therefore delay action to deal with the damage.

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