Norway’s Statoil informed that this morning (October 8) there was a report that oil had been observed in the sea close to the OLS B loading buoy at the Statfjord field.
The oil spill was discovered during the loading of oil from the Statfjord A platform to the tanker “Hilda Knutsen” via the OLS B loading buoy, which is located between Statfjord A and Statfjord B.
According to Statoil, loading to the tanker has stopped and supply to the pipe and loading system from Statfjord A has been closed. Production at Statfjord A is operating normally.
The leak is located in a flange in the loading hose. It is also too early to say how much oil has leaked.
Statoil said that a stand-by vessel with oil spill response equipment and the anchor handling vessel, equipped with a ROV, are at the location. A SAR helicopter is also assisting with monitoring the spill.
The relevant authorities have been notified.
Statoil update: October 8 3:15 p.m.
Preliminary assessments indicate that the spill is within the range of 40 cubic metres of oil.
Further assessment and investigations will uncover the scope and causes in more detail.