New subsea leak at Osprey in North Sea

An ROV survey has identified a second leak on the Fairfield Energy-operated Osprey subsea facilities in the UK northern North Sea.

Offshore staff

STAINES, UK – An ROV survey has identified a second leak on the Fairfield Energy-operated Osprey subsea facilities in the UK northern North Sea.

Until equipment can be mobilized for the repair, the Osprey manifold and associated pipe work will be filled with seawater. The two Osprey wells will remain closed in until the work is completed.

Following reporting of asmall oil spill earlier this month, intervention work pinpointed a leak on a line between an Osprey wellhead and the subsea manifold.

Divers successfully isolated the pipe work on July 20. Last week, however, an ROV assisting in monitoring start-up operations detected another leak on a different part of the manifold.

Fairfield stresses that all relevant UK authorities are aware of the situation and there is continuing dialogue with the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Osprey is a multi-well development tied back to the Fairfield-ownedDunlin Alpha platform, 195 km (121 mi) northeast of Shetland.

7/30/2012

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