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Oil vapour caused Gullfaks A gas alert

February 18, 2005, 10:15 CET

Vapour from a spill oil tank in one of the shafts on Statoil’s Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea activated a gas detector today, 18 February.

This in turn initiated a gas leak alert, and the crew of 180 were sent to the lifeboats.

The tank was opened at 08.30 for routine inspection. Statoil is now ventilating the shaft where the vapour was observed.

Production was shut down, but will resume again in the course of today.