Equinor has resumed loadings at its Statfjord A platform as an investigation continues into a spill that occurred during oil transfer operations on May 15th
Oil was spotted on the surface of the sea while crude was being loaded onto a shuttle tanker at one of Statfjord A’s loading buoys. Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said that the exact source of the leak and the volume of the spill had not been determined. It has begun an investigation into the circumstances of the spill. Police authorities have been informed.
Production at the platform was not interrupted, and Statfjord A has since resumed loading using a different buoy.
The leakage consisted of “small observations” of oil on the surface of the ocean, an Equinor spokesman said.
The leakage of crude was first discovered on Wednesday, triggering a shutdown of loading on to a shuttle tanker, although production continued, Equinor said at the time.
The field is operated by state-controlled Equinor with a 44.3 percent stake, while ExxonMobil holds 21.4 percent and the rest is held by two units of Spirit Energy.
Statfjord was discovered by Mobil in 1974, and Equinor (then Statoil) took over as operator in 1987.