Statoil fined for North Sea waste mix-up

Statoil has been handed a NOK-10 million ($1.64-million) fine for an incident on the Oseberg C platform in May 2011.

Oseberg C platform
Oseberg C platform

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has been handed a NOK-10 million ($1.64-million) fine for an incident on the Oseberg C platform in May 2011.

The company admitted that 180 cu m (1,132 bbl) of wash water with chemicals and scale accidentally went through the oil export pipeline to the Sture terminal in Hordaland, western Norway.

Wash water is defined as hazardous waste, and this was not handled in accordance with regulations. Nor did the terminal have permission to receive or handle such waste.

Statoil has since implemented measures to prevent a recurrence of the incident, and has introduced new procedures for reporting the content of fluid sent to the terminal through the oil export system.

11/19/2013

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