Storms halt Norway chopper traffic
Flights to and from Stavanger, Bergen and Floro heliports have been grounded indefinitely due to thunder and lightning offshore, with Wednesday’s weather forecast “not promising” for the resumption of helicopter traffic, a Statoil spokesman told Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.
Helicopter services from Sola have been halted since Tuesday afternoon, hitting 29 flights to the Gullfaks, Statfjord, Oseberg and Troll fields, as well as a large number of drilling rigs.
However, Statoil was still requesting that passengers booked on flights meet at the scheduled check-in times, leading to long waits at heliports for offshore workers.
Meanwhile, storms have also delayed the start of exploration drilling at Noreco’s Luna prospect in the Danish sector of the North Sea, Oilinfo.no reported.
Jack-up rig Maersk Resolve, which is due to drill the probe, was unable to be mobilized from its location off the Netherlands due to poor weather.