Oil spill into Irish Sea from pipeline leak

Approaching 500 barrels of oil have spilt into the Irish Sea after a pipeline leak off the UK. Eni UK has confirmed that a hydrocarbons release of less than 500 barrels or about 80,000 litres occurred on Monday 14th February from its pipeline between the Conwy and Douglas Installations, about 33km from the North Wales coast. The Conwy to Douglas line was shut immediately. Eni said that all the relevant authorities had been promptly informed and that the company was working in full collaboration with them. There was no impact on any personnel on the installations.

Eni bought the Conwy field from Tailwind Energy in 2021 to utilize symmetries with Eni UK’s Liverpool bay operation. The Conwy field is located within Block 110/12a in the East Irish Sea and exports reservoir fluids via a subsea pipeline to the Eni-operated Douglas field installation in adjacent block 110/13b.

Greg Hands, UK Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change, said that the Offshore Petroleum Regulator was working closely with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and relevant local authorities to ensure Eni fulfilled its legal obligations.