Dubai suspends oil production at Rashid after helicopter crash

04 September 2008
Oil production from Dubai’s Rashid field has been suspended after a helicopter crashed into an oil rig on 3 September, about 70 kilometres from the shore, killing all seven people on board.

UK oil and gas company Petrofac, which provides production and well management services covering all the offshore oil and gas fields in Dubai emirate, says the helicopter crashed onto the deck of a jack-up drilling rig being operated by Denmark’s Maersk Oil.

Petrofac says all operations on the Rashid field have been suspended and the platform and drilling rig secured while Dubai Police and the General Civil Aviation Authority investigate.

Dubai produced about 70,000-barrels-a-day (b/d) of oil in 2007. Petrofac has not revealed the current production of the Rashid field.

Petrofac signed a deal with Dubai Petroleum Company in 2006 to operate all of Dubai’s offshore fields which consist of the Rashid, Fateh, Southwest Fateh and Falah fields (MEED 18:8:06).

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