The Statfjord A platform. Image courtesy of Harald Pettersen/Statoil.

Oil loading at the Statfjord A platform in the Norwegian North Sea has been temporarily halted after an oil spill was detected.

According to Reuters, Statoil stopped all oil loading at the platform after about 105 gallons of oil spilled during preparations to load on Sunday.

Production operations have not been affected.

No injuries were reported.

All loadings are stopped, but we don’t see a need to stop the production as we have good storage capacity and flexibility to reroute oil from the field via integrated pipeline system,” a Statoil spokesperson told Reuters. 

The company has not disclosed when it expects loading operations to resume.

The leak is the second spill at Statfjord A in less than a month.

Statoil confirmed earlier this month that just over 250 barrels of oil spilled during loading operations at the Statfjord field.

The spill was reported at 8:30 a.m. local time on October 8 and was discovered as oil was being loaded from the Statfjord A platform to the tanker “Hilda Knutsen” via the OLS B loading buoy.

Statfjord is one of the oldest producing fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The storage cells on the Statfjord A can hold 206,000 standard cubic meters of gas and 1.3 million barrels of oil.

About four million cubic meters of gas are exported daily by the Statfjord Unit.

The Norwegian share of the field lies in blocks 33/9 and 33/12 in production license 037, while the British part is in UK block 211/25 in licenses 104 and 293.


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