Oil spill at Statfjord

Source: Statoil

On Thursday, October 8, at 8:30 a.m. there was a report that oil had been observed in the sea close to the OLS B loading buoy at the Statfjord field.

The oil spill was discovered during the loading of oil from the Statfjord A platform to the tanker "Hilda Knutsen" via the OLS B loading buoy, which is located between Statfjord A and Statfjord B. 

Loading to the tanker has stopped and supply to the pipe and loading system from Statfjord A has been closed. Production at Statfjord A is operating normally. 

The leak is located in a flange in the loading hose. It is also too early to say exactly how much oil has leaked. 

The stand-by vessel with oil spill response equipment and the anchor handling vessel, equipped with a ROV, are at the location. A SAR helicopter is also assisting with monitoring the spill. 

The relevant authorities were immediately notified.

As of October 8, 3:15 p.m., preliminary assessments indicate that the spill is within the range of 40 cubic metres of oil. 

Further assessment and investigations will uncover the scope and causes in more detail. 

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