After three incidents on Statoil-owned facilities offshore Norway, in the North Sea, the oil major has reportedly suffered yet another incident over the weekend.
This time, a gas alarm went off on the Snorre A platform in the North Sea, media sources reported.
According to the local media, the incident occurred shortly before 6.30 PM on Saturday and was caused by the evaporation of gas into the air.
Statoil Has another Incident in the North Sea
At the time, 205 people were on board and all had to muster after the suspected gas leak.
According to Morten Eek, Statoil media relations, the situation was resolved within an hour.
Industri Energi National Secretary Håkon Bjerkeli
The spokesman explained that prior to the incident, there had been production disruptions on the field and measures had to be taken to prevent the build-up of pressure.
The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has already been informed of the incident, he explained, and the oil major will now undertake an investigation of the event.
Accidents on the Rise Offshore Norway
Two Norwegian workers’ unions – Industri Energi and Safe, have recently expressed their concern regarding the increasing frequency with which accidents are taking place on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
This follows three separate incidents that happened in the region over this month – a well control incident on the Songa Endurance rig on the Troll field, a production shutdown on the Gullfaks A platform and a fire at the Statfjord A offshore platform.
“It is worrying and it is not a good situation if three serious events happen in such a short period of time,” Industri Energi National Secretary Håkon Bjerkeli said at the time.
“It is time that the PSA becomes more aggressive and performs inspections on the facilities,” he added.
The Snorre field has been producing oil and gas since 1992, with platforms A and B and spans blocs 34/4 and 34/7 in the Tampen area of the Norwegian North Sea.