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Equinor reported the 1st case of coronavirus on its Martin Linge platform

Equinor reported the 1st case of coronavirus on its Martin Linge platform

Stavanger, March 11 - Neftegaz.RU. Following suspension of helicopter flights to several Equinor’s offshore installations due to suspected coronavirus case, one person at the Martin Linge field in the North Sea has tested positive on the coronavirus.

Earlier this week Equinor confirmed to Offshore Energy Today it had suspended flights to several offshore installation, including the Martin Linge, while waiting for test results. In an update, Equinor confirmed that 1 person had tested positive for coronavirus. The person is not seriously ill, the company added.

Equinor said it is in dialogue with the Norwegian health authorities about further measures. The infected person has been in isolation in his cabin since March 9. Measures to prevent further contamination for offshore installations has been introduced. It has not been decided when the person will be brought ashore.

The person arrived at the field just before noon on March 4. The person had recently been to Austria. When Austria was listed as a high-risk destination, the person was quarantined on board and a test was conducted.

Equinor said that the activity on the field would be reduced today. Personnel remains at the installations they are already located on. Equinor is continuously evaluating further measures.

The Martin Linge field is currently under construction and is planned to start production at the end of 2020. There are currently 776 persons offshore, working on the project and spread across 3 installations.

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