Equinor confirms coronavirus case on North Sea platform

Oil giant Equinor has a confirmed case of coronavirus on one of its assets in the Norwegian section of the North Sea.

The Norwegian firm said today that one worker tested positive for the virus on its Martin Linge platform.

The worker is not “seriously ill”, Equinor said.

It added that it is “in dialogue” with the Norwegian health authorities about further measures.

The infected person has been in isolation in their cabin since 9 March.

Measures to prevent further contamination for offshore installations has been introduced.

Equinor said it has not yet been decided when the person will be brought ashore.

It is understood the infected worker has recently traveled to Austria.

Tests have been conducted on two further persons at the field, whom have also visited high risk destinations, but the results of these tests are yet not available.

The Martin Linge field is currently under construction and is planned to start production at the end of 2020.

There are currently 776 persons offshore, working on the project and spread across three installations.

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