This new machine became an important component in overall emergency preparedness on Ekofisk. The demand for a permanently stationed SAR helicopter came from the field’s working environment committee after the Alexander L Kielland accident.First wedding on EkofiskFirst Valhall oil reaches Ekofisk
Phillips stationed a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) helicopter on Ekofisk in October 1981 as part of its permanent emergency response measures on the field.
What caused the Alexander L. Kielland-accident?
The commission of inquiry into the Alexander L Kielland accident submitted its findings on 6 April 1981. On 2 April 1982, the Ministry of Local Government and Labour followed up with a White Paper.
The Bravo Blow out
The “abandon platform” alarm sounded on Ekofisk 2/4 B – the Bravo installation – at 22.00 on Friday 22 April 1977. An uncontrolled escape of oil and gas had begun in well B-14. Large quantities of oil and gas spurted five-six metres into the air before falling into the sea. What should not have happened had occurred. The question was how this could be possible.