PSA probes dropped object, oil spill offshore Norway

May 21, 2019

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is investigating two incidents that occurred in separate installations in the North Sea last Thursday.

One occurred during skidding of the derrick on the Repsol Norge-operated Gyda platform, when a side plate came loose from the skid jack. Two people were in the area where the object landed: one was injured when he backed away and fell to another deck around 1.5 m (4.9 ft) below.

At Equinor’s Statfjord A platform, oil was reported on the sea surface while crude was being loaded into a shuttle tanker from the OSL A loading buoy. It is unclear where the leak occurred and how much oil leaked out.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has approved Equinor’s request to drill an exploration well in the Barents Sea using the semisubmersible West Hercules. The rig will drill well 7324/6-1 in license 855, 6 km (3.7 mi) west of the 7325/4-1 (Gemini Nord) well location.