By MarEx 2015-10-12 11:30:55
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is investigating the oil spill reported by Statoil last week. About 250 barrels of oil was spilled during the loading of oil from Statjord A to the M/T Hilda Knutsen via the OLS loading buoy, which is located between Statfjord A and Statfjord B.
Statoil reported that the spill was caused by a leak located in a flange in the loading hose.
PSA stated: “The Petroleum Safety Authority has resolved to investigate this incident, in part to clarify the course of events and to identify the direct and underlying causes. Issues due to be covered will include the technical condition, maintenance and operation of the offshore loading system.”
In January 2014, Statoil shut down operations at its Statfjord C platform after emergency systems detected an oil leak. More than 250 crewmembers were evacuated to lifeboats.
Statfjord A is one of Statoil’s oldest producing fields, and produces more than 24,000 bpd. Centrica and ExxonMobil are Statoil’s partners in Statfjord A. Production was scheduled to end at the field a few years ago, but in 2013 Statoil, Centrica and Exxon agreed to extend production until 2020.
The entire Statfjord region is produces an average of 80,000 barrels of oil per day.