Statoil Hit by Statfjord Non-Conformities

Published at 07:57AM - 30/09/16

Three Norwegian agencies have concluded their investigation of a crude oil spill from Statfjord’s OLS B loading buoy on October 8, 2015.

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Coastal Administration identified a series of non-conformities with regulations.

“The investigation has identified nonconformities related to applying for permission to deploy chemical dispersants and to deficiencies in decision processes and change management,” PSA informed in a statement.

Statoil Hit by Non-Conformities in Statfjord

The spill occurred during crude loading operations from the Statfjord A facility to the Hilda Knutsen shuttle tanker.

The spill occurred as a result of corrosion in one segment of the loading, resulting in a total of six to seven cubic metres of oil leaked to the sea from the loading hose.

Statoil Hit by Non-Conformities in Statfjord
Statfjord A Platform

Wind and waves quickly broke down the slick, contributing to the natural dispersion of the oil in the water column, the PSA explained.

Statoil, the operator of the Statfjord field, now has a month to explain how it will deal with the faults that led to the oil spill.

Statfjord Spill Caused the Release of 250 Oil Barrels

This follows the release of approximately 250 barrel of oil during the loading operation.

After the sheen was reported, loading from the Statfjord A platform was immediately halted, although remaining work continued.

According to the report, the PSA found steel on pipeline walls had corroded as a result of the repeated admission of seawater, which broke down its integrity in spots.

Statoil had already shut down operations at the Statfjord C platform following an oil leak in January 2014, resulting in the evacuation of 250 crew members.

The PSA is responsible for measures to prevent injuries on people, the environment and economic assets, while the Norwegian Environment Agency is responsible for issuing permits to prevent damages to the natural environment.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration, in its turn, supervises the responsible polluter’s response to pollution in terms of halting or eliminating the pollution or limiting its consequences on the environment.