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NEL Issues Update Regarding Incident at Kjørbo: Status update #3 June 13, 2019

By June 13, 2019

June 13, 2019

Oslo— Nel ASA (Nel, OSE:NEL) announces preliminary findings from safety consultancy Gexcon regarding the incident at the Kjørbo hydrogen station on June 10, 2019.

“Based on what we have seen at the site, we can conclude that neither the electrolyzer nor the dispenser used by customers had anything to do with this incident. We will continue to analyze the other components of the site to further narrow down the source,” says Geirmund Vislie, Vice President Consultant of Gexcon AS.

In addition to the electrolyzer and the dispenser used by customers, the Kjørbo site comprises of a stationary low-pressure storage unit, a low-pressure transport unit, a stationary high-pressure storage unit, various valve panels, and a hydrogen refueling station unit.

The Kjørbo site also includes a containerized, pressurized alkaline electrolyzer that produces hydrogen in part from solar power. This is delivered by the Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser division.

“We are pleased with the preliminary findings, and our electrolyzer division will now return to business as usual,” says Jon André Løkke,


Current status

Safety is Nel’s main priority and the company is working intensively to identify the root cause of the incident. Expert personnel are currently on the scene and actively contributing to the ongoing formal investigation. In addition, Nel has engaged independent fire and explosion safety consultants from Gexcon, who are on site and taking an active role to provide an independent incident report.

 


(Updated: 12 June, 2019)

Nel announces that on Monday June 10, 2019, an incident occurred at the Kjørbo hydrogen station, located outside of Oslo, Norway. The incident has been contained, however the cause remains unknown. Nel is working closely with its partners and authorities in the ongoing investigation.

Nel received a report of an incident involving a fire at the Kjørbo hydrogen station at 17:40 CET on June 10, 2019. The fire was contained just after 20:00 CET. No serious injuries were reported. As one of the main equipment suppliers to the station, Nel immediately mobilized expert personnel to the scene and is actively contributing to the ongoing investigation.

“We are grateful for the swift work of emergency responders and that no major injuries have been reported. It is too early to speculate in the cause of the incident. Safety remains the core of our operations and we’re providing all relevant technical assistance in the ongoing investigation. In addition to immediately mobilizing our personnel to the scene, we have also brought in our experts from Denmark overnight. We will continue to work closely with all relevant parties to determine the root cause,” says Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel.