Oseberg re-start following oil and gas leakage

May 3, 2004, 01:00 CEST

Production on the Oseberg Field Center, which had been closed down on Saturday because of an oil and gas leakage, was re-started on Monday. The leakage occurred on Oseberg A at 13:00 hrs on Saturday and was quickly stopped. All emergency and security routines functioned as planned and no persons were injured in the incident.

The necessary repair work to Oseberg A was carried out during the weekend, enabling production to be re-started.

During Saturday's emergency, the emergency crew was mobilized in accordance with the emergency plan. Shortly afterwards, however, demobilization procedures could be implemented for the 239 persons currently on the Field Center.

Minor oil discharges only resulted from the incident and weather conditions in the area were favourable. The incident will now be investigated internally.

The Oseberg Field Center consists of the Oseberg A, B and D platforms that are linked together by bridges in the southern part of the field.

Oseberg A is a concrete platform with process equipment, an injection module and living quarters, while the Oseberg B platform sits atop a steel jacket and equipped with equipment for drilling and the production of oil and gas. Oseberg D is also a steel platform, with gas processing and export equipment. It was connected to the Field Center by a bridge in spring 1999.

Licence partners:

Hydro (operator)

34.00 %

ConocoPhillips

2.40 %

ExxonMobil

4.70 %

Total

10.00 %

Statoil

15.30 %

Petoro

33.60 %


Location:
Blocks 30/6 and 30/9, about 130 km northwest of Bergen.

Production 2002:
Oil 194,410 bpd
Gas 5.9 mill Sm3 pd