The Aasgard field. Image courtesy of Øyvind Hagen/Statoil.

Norway’s Statoil shut in production Tuesday at its Aasgard field in offshore Norway ahead of a major storm.

The state-owned company will also be reducing its headcount at the offshore Kristin platform as it braces for severe weather, Reuters said.

The storm is not expected to affect production of gas and condensate at the Kristin platform.

A Statoil spokesperson said the company could restart production at Aasgard as soon as Thursday.

In October, Aasgard produced 49,700 barrels of oil per day.

The field consists of an oil production vessel, a gas platform and a storage vessel along with 57 wells divided on 17 subsea templates.

Last week, severe weather forced Statoil to reduce the number of workers at several North Sea oil and gas platforms.

The storm disrupted production at two gas processing plants in western Norway over the weekend after hurricane force winds interrupted power supplies.


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