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01/05/2017 News

Crane accident in South Korean yard

Update 5:00 PM​

The first representatives from the management at Total E&P Norge and the Martin Linge project are now on their way to South Korea. They will give support to the project organisation and the main contractor, the consortium Technip/Samsung Heavy Industries, in their work. More representatives from the management will travel on Tuesday.

"It is now past 5:00 PM Norwegian time, and past midnight in South Korea. As we have not received any verified information from our main contractor, we cannot give any more information from our side on the number of killed or injured in the crane accident," says Communication Manager Leif Harald Halvorsen at Total E&P Norge.

Total's media call centre is now closed. Media outlets can contact Total's Communication Manager Leif Harald Halvorsen  (+47 917 01 515).


Update 1:00 PM​

All work at the Samsung yard is closed down, confirms Total’s project organisation at the yard. It is not decided on when work will be started again.

“We know that a crane fell down on the wellbay module for the Martin Linge platform. The cause of the accident is still unknown,” says Leif Harald Halvorsen, Communication Manager at Total E&P Norge.

The site is closed. The local authorities and police have started investigations on the site.

“We are thinking of those who lost a family member and colleague in this tragic accident. Here in Total E&P Norge, we are doing what we can to take care of and support our personnel in South Korea,” says Halvorsen.


Press release

Total E&P Norge confirms the reports of a crane accident at the Samsung Heavy Industries Yard in Geoje in South Korea, where modules for the Martin Linge topsides are being built.

The accident happend at 07:45 Norwegian time. There are reports of dead and injured workers, and Total is working to get a full overview over the situation.

It is confirmed that no one from the Total project organisation are among the dead and injured.

As operator, Total E & P Norge will be sharing updated and confirmed information on the company web site

Media outlets can call +47 51 50 48 50

Next of kin can call 800 30 499 (for callers outside Norway +47 21 49 01 24)