A fierce storm in the North Sea forced oil firms to evacuate rigs and shut down production on Thursday, with drilling installations under threat from a drifting barge that strong winds had ripped from its anchor.
The drifting barge missed BP's Valhall platform in the North Sea by some two kilometers, a spokeswoman for the Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Norway told Reuters.
"The barge drifted past by some two kilometers. The danger is over. There are no other installations between the barge and the coast of Norway," Borghild Eldoen said in an interview.
"It is now up to the owners of the barge to stop it before it reaches the coast."