A fire broke out in a turbine at Equinor’s Hammerfest liquefied natural gas plant on the island of Melkoya in Norway, local police have confirmed.
Emergency responders confirmed the incident at the production facilities and warned there is a risk the fire could spread.
No details have so far been revealed about the cause of the fire.
Operator Equinor said no personnel have been reported injured or missing.
“All personnel not participating in handling the incident has been evacuated,” Equinor said.
Emergency personnel from Equinor is now working together with the emergency services to clarify the situation.
Hammerfest LNG was shut down in accordance with emergency routines.
“The emergency services are on Melkoya in connection with a fire in the production facilities,” local police said on social media.
“The fire with a risk of spreading has been confirmed. All personnel in the area have been evacuated.”
The police have also implemented a five kilometres restriction on flights around Melkoya.
Volunteers in the area are also on standby with lifeboats if further assistance is required.
Earlier this year Equinor was evaluating the possibility of shutting down the Hammerfest LNG plant, which has been struggling financially and requires large investments for future operations.