The Nikaitchuq oil field. Image courtesy of Eni.

A fire broke out late Saturday night at an Eni operations camp in North Slope, Alaska.

The blaze started around midnight on December 27 at the Nikaitchuq Operations Camp.

All personnel were evacuated to a nearby camp and no injuries were reported.

“Despite the fast progress of the fire due to an east wind blowing at approximately 23 mph there were no injuries, oil spill or damage to the environment, and there was no disruption to the production at the Nikaitchuq field facilities,” an Eni spokesman said.

The cause of the fire has not been disclosed.

The camp serves the Nikaitchuq oil field, located about half a mile offshore in the Beaufort Sea.

Drilling work will continue at the Nikaitchuq field without interruption.

The field is Italy-based Eni’s first operated Arctic project.

The Nikaitchuq field holds estimated reserves 200 million barrels of crude oil and started production February 2011.


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