Statoil has reported a gas leak at the Karsto (Kårstø) processing plant Wednesday, May 21st. The incident was reported at 12:19 local time to Statoil’s emergency response unit at Karsto. The plant’s evacuation alarm was set off.
There were 445 persons in the facility when the incident occurred. At 14:00 all of them could return to their tasks.
Statoil’s emergency response organization was mobilized and the public rescue services routinely informed of the situation. Within a short period of time the emergency response team gained full control over all the personnel in the plant. The part of the facility affected has been depressurised and closed down.
Statoil will investigate the incident thoroughly to ascertain its immediate and underlying causes.
The Karsto processing plant north of Stavanger plays a key role in the transport and treatment of gas and condensate (light oil) from important areas on the Norwegian continental shelf. The facility separates the rich gas arriving in the Statpipe and Asgard Transport pipelines into its various components. It also handles unsterilized condensate piped from the Sleipner area.
Kårstø runs primarily on fuel gas. Five of its nine compressors use this energy source, while the remaining four are electrically powered.
Gassco is operator for the Karsto processing plant, while Statoil is technical service provider.