Updated: Evacuation of Kårstø after gas leak

Source: Statoil

At 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, a gas leak was reported at Kårstø processing plant. The emergency services and authorities have been notified about the situation.


At 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night, a gas leak was reported at Kårstø processing plant. The emergency services and authorities have been notified about the situation and Statoil’s emergency response organisation has been established.

All personnel have been accounted for and brought to safety. A notice to neighbours has also been sent in accordance with protocol.

The emergency response organisation’s most important task is now to obtain an overview of the situation and mobilise the resources required to manage the situation.

The emergency response organisation will be in continual contact with the emergency services and other relevant authorities.

The Kårstø 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.

Update, Friday, January 8, 2015, 9 a.m. CDT: 

The gas leak occurring at the Kårstø processing plant Thursday night has now been stopped. The situation is returning to normal and external resources from the emergency services have been demobilised.

It is too early to say anything about the cause of the incident, which will be investigated. 

The leak occurred on the Statpipe section leading into the plant. Both Statpipe production trains have been stopped. 

The incident did not lead to any physical injuries. 

During normalisation and start-up of the plant following the incident last night, a smaller leak occurred, which is not usual during run-up of plant sections. The leak has been identified and is under control. The situation did not involve mobilisation of external resources. 

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