Equinor halts chopper flights off Norway amid Covid-19 alert

By March 18, 2020 No Comments

Helicopter departures to three North Sea fields cancelled as workers are tested for coronavirus

Helicopter flights have been halted to three Equinor-operated fields in the North Sea off Norway due to a suspected case of coronavirus.

An Equinor spokesman confirmed to Upstream that flights were cancelled on Monday to the under-development Martin Linge field as well as jack-up rigs Askeladden and Askepott that are working at the Gullfaks and Oseberg fields, respectively.PFLNG Dua support vessel crew free of Covid-19Read moreNopsema taking direct action on coronavirusRead more

It follows media reports that a number of workers had been tested for the deadly Covid-19 virus amid a global outbreak that has so far resulted in more than 111,000 infected cases and over 4000 deaths.

The spokesman stated on Tuesday that test results were still awaited and operations at the fields are running normally.

Helicopter flights to platforms off Norway were mostly still running as scheduled on Tuesday, with only one cancellation, based on information from the departure boards at the Bergen and Stavanger heliports.

Meanwhile, verification firm DNV GL has reportedly closed off part of its headquarters near Oslo after it was confirmed that one of its employees working there had tested positive for the virus.