Norwegian oil, gas plants shut after tanker, frigate collide

By Terje Solsvik and Ole Petter Skonnord


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The Norwegian frigate "KNM Helge Ingstad" takes on water after a collision with the tanker "Sola TS" in Oygarden, Norway, November 8, 2018. NTB Scanpix/Marit Hommedal via REUTERS

By Terje Solsvik and Ole Petter Skonnord

OSLO (Reuters) - An oil tanker and a Norwegian navy frigate collided off Norway's west coast on Thursday, injuring eight people and triggering the shutdown of a North Sea crude export terminal, Norway's largest gas processing plant and several offshore fields.

The frigate, which recently took part in a major NATO military exercise, was tilting on one side and slowly sinking, live television pictures showed. The Norwegian military said it was attempting to save the ship.

"The military is leading a salvage operation in cooperation with the Coast Guards," Norway's armed forces said in a statement.

The Kollsnes gas plant, with a processing capacity of 144.5 million cubic metres per day, has also been shut, Equinor said. It was not immediately clear when it would restart operations.

The plant processes gas from the Troll, Kvitebjoern and Visund fields and sends it to Britain and the rest of Europe. Gas output from the Troll A platform had been shut, said an Equinor spokeswoman.

UK wholesale gas prices were up ahead of the incident and increased further afterwards. Gas for immediate delivery was up 6.2 percent at 66.50 pence per therm at 1136 GMT. Norway is a major supplier of gas to Britain so big outages can impact UK gas p....

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