Oil Spill: BP Completes 28 Surveillance Flights

Published at 04:54PM - 20/10/16

BP told media sources it has completed a total of 28 surveillance flights over the North Sea since it had to shut down production from the Clair platform.

The decision followed an oil leak caused by a technical fault on the system designed to separate the mixed production fluids of water, oil and gas, on the platform located 46.6 miles west of Shetland.

“BP continues to work closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) towards restarting production from Clair. No date for the restart has been confirmed”, a BP spokesman told media sources.

Oil Spill: BP Completes 28 North Sea Surveillance Flights

BP has been using the method of surveillance data, combined with satellite imagery to collect information about the impact of the oil spill which occurred on Sunday, October 2.

So far, indications show a rapid and significant natural evaporation and dispersion, the company explained.

Oil Spill: BP Completes 28 North Sea Surveillance Flights
The Clair Ridge platform is part of the second phase of development of the Clair field

As well as this, BP has collected water samples in the area which are being analysed.

The company explained that production remains shut for the time being, with no visible signs of oil on the sea.

Clair Spill Leaked 95 Tonnes of Oil

Approximately 95 tonnes of oil were leaked into the North Sea from the BP platform.

The spill is about two and a half times smaller than the biggest North Sea spill in recent years, The Guardian estimates.

The release was stopped an hour after the issue was identified, BP explained at the time.

The Clair field is the largest undeveloped hydrocarbon resource in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

Despite not presenting an onerous water depth, the wind, waves and current it is exposed to mean operations on the Clair platform are fairly challenging.

The field is managed under a unitisation agreement and comprises four licences and six blocks, owned by BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Chevron.


Last updated on 10:01AM - 24/10/16