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Norway’s Statoil has confirmed that just over 250 barrels of oil spilled on Thursday during loading operations at the Statfjord field in the Norwegian North Sea.

The company said Friday that preliminary assessments indicate the spill is within the range of 40 cubic meters of oil, or about 252 barrels.

“Further assessment and investigations will uncover the scope and causes in more detail,” Statoil said.

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

The buoy is located between the Statfjord A and Statfjord B platforms.

No injuries or damages have been reported.

When asked by Reuters if the leak has stopped a company spokesperson responded that Statoil has “control over the leak.”

Statoil said Thursday that the leak is located in a flange in the loading hose between the tanker and the buoy.

Production at Statfjord A is operating normally but loading to the tanker has stopped and supply to the pipe and loading system from Statfjord A has been closed.

A stand-by vessel with oil spill response equipment and an anchor handling vessel, equipped with a ROV, are at the spill site.

A SAR helicopter is also assisting with monitoring the spill.

Statoil said it has contacted the relevant authorities.

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.