North Sea Storms Cause Banff FPSO Mooring Failure

Published at 01:04PM - 07/01/16

North Sea storms cause Banff FPSO mooring failure, in ongoing heavy storms that have lashed the North Sea oil and gas sector over the last two weeks.

The recent storms have so far resulted in, over 300 offshore workers being evacuated from platforms in the Norwegian sector and, two vessels under tow running adrift after breaking towlines- one in both Dutch and UK sectors.

Banff FPSO Mooring Failure

Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) have announced, Thursday (Jan 7th), that one of their North Sea assets has also been hit by the weather.

A CNR spokeswoman told Offshore Post that the, CNR operated, Teekay owned Petrojarl Banff Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel reported problems at 1200 GMT on Sunday January 3rd.

According to CNR the Banff FPSO, reported ‘loss of tension’ on two of its anchor lines but, has managed to stay in position under its own steam.

Ongoing Situation

A total of 44 offshore workers remain onboard the Banff, whilst CNR and Teekay look to secure the FPSO, with the Coastguard remaining on standby should the situation deteriorate.

The vessels owners, Teekay, have mobilised the Normand Ranger anchor handling vessel plus two further support vessels to assist in the operation.

CNR’s spokeswoman said that production had been shutdown, with no impact to the environment reported.

Banff FPSO

Back in 2011 the Banff FPSO suffered mooring failure, with 5 out of a total of 10 mooring lines failing, causing the vessels to drift off station at a cost of US$300 million.

The Petrojarl Banff FPSO is located approximately 118 miles (190km) offshore Aberdeen, UK.

The FPSO was delivered in 1997, has been designed with a storage capacity of 88,000 barrels of oil and a production capacity of 90,000 barrels of oil per day, and can accommodate up to 60 personnel.