Update: Volcanic ash grounds travel to offshore developments in the North Sea, production continues - Statoil

By Phaedra Friend Troy
Update: Information from Statoil

Volcanic ash is spreading across Northern Europe from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, cancelling all flights, including helicopter flights to offshore installations in the North Sea.

According to a report from the BBC, flights across Northern Europe have been disrupted, including aviation travel in Norway, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Airspace over the North Sea has been closed.

Offshore Disturbance in the North Sea

While air transportation to and from offshore installations in the North Sea has been stopped, oil and natural gas production continues.

“Helicopter transport to and from our installations is temporarily halted,” Ola Morten Aanestad, vice president of media relations for Statoil, told PennEnergy. “Safety is maintained, operational activities and production have not been affected. We are following the situation closely.”

Icelandic Volcano

NAT UK first announced on Wednesday that the cloud may hamper aviation travel, and by Thursday morning in the UK, flights were restricted for safety reasons.

The volcanic ash poses a safety threat because it can damage aircraft engines. Currently, all flights in the UK are grounded until Friday morning.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs