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StatoilHydro says shut Aasgard B due to weather

Norway's StatoilHydro shut production at its Aasgard B gas platform as a precaution due to rough weather which prevented the proper functioning of the lifeboats, the company said.

It was not clear how long the shutdown at the Norwegian Sea platform would last but spokesman Geir Gjervan said: “In other cases like this we have been back up in a few days.”

He said that 80 out of 120 workers were evacuated to nearby platforms or to shore.

“We have done this for the last three winter seasons so it should not be a surprise to the market,” Gjervan said.

The Aasgard gas and oil field produced 1.84 billion standard cubic meters of gas, 0.21 million standard cubic meters of oil and 0.26 million standard cubic meters of condensate in October, Norwegian petroleum directorate figures showed. (Reuters)