Oil was spotted on the sea while crude was being loaded into a shuttle tanker from the OSL A loading buoy.
Where the leak occurred and how much oil leaked out are not known at present.
The police have been informed of the PSA’s investigation, and will be provided with technical support from the PSA should this be requested.
In conducting its investigation, the PSA will
- carefully review and clarify the course of events
- uncover and describe the actual and potential consequences of the incident
- identify direct and underlying causes
- clarify responsibilities
- apply necessary enforcement powers to correct possible regulatory breaches
- make public its findings
- contribute to experience transfer to and learning by other players in the petroleum sector.
The investigation will be summed up in a report published on psa.no.
Statfjord is a field in the Tampen area in the northern part of the North Sea, on the border between the Norwegian and UK sectors. The Norwegian share of the field is 85.47 per cent. The water depth in the area is 150 metres. Statfjord was discovered in 1974, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 1976.
The field has been developed with three fully integrated concrete facilities: Statfjord A, Statfjord B and Statfjord C. Statfjord A, centrally located on the field, came on stream in 1979. Statfjord B, in the southern part of the field, in 1982, and Statfjord C, in the northern part, in 1985.