OSLO, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Equinor has restored
power supply to the Johan Sverdrup oilfield, Western Europe's
largest, following an outage, and is preparing to restart
petroleum output, a spokesperson for the Norwegian firm said on
"Power supply from shore has been restored and preparations
to restart Sverdrup's production are ongoing," the spokesperson
A power outage around 1100 GMT led to a controlled shutdown
of the North Sea field, which produces around 535,000 barrels of
oil per day, the spokesperson said.
The company declined to comment on when production would
resume and how long it would take to ramp up to full output.
Sverdrup, which began production in 2019, is one of a
growing number of Norwegian oilfields powered by electricity
from shore, unlike many older fields which use natural gas and
diesel generators for operations.
(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Nerijus Adomaitis; editing by
Gwladys Fouche, Elaine Hardcastle and Jonathan Oatis)