Statoil halts North Sea platform over corrosion risk

Nov 16, 2012
A handout photo taken in May 2010 shows a Statoil rig in the Norwgian Sea. The company said Thursday that it had suspended production at a North Sea platform responsible for nearly a tenth of the country's daily oil output over corrosion concerns.

Norway's Statoil said Thursday that it had suspended production at a North Sea platform responsible for nearly a tenth of the country's daily oil output over corrosion concerns.

Production was suspended on the Troll C platform pending the results of an investigation after a routine inspection found corrosion in a system for gas treatment, the state-owned oil major said.

Troll C's production represents around eight percent of Norway's total daily output, which reached 1,473 million barrels of oil per day in October.

The platform, located in the Scandinavian country's biggest gas field, also produces 10.5 million cubic metres (371 million cubic feet) of per day.

Statoil holds a 30.58 percent stake in the project, together with publicly owned Petoro (56 percent), Anglo-Dutch Shell (8.1 percent), France's Total (3.7 percent) and US-based (1.6 percent), according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Explore further: The green lungs of our planet are changing

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Study throws cold water on Arctic oil, gas dreams

Sep 04, 2012

The Arctic, often presented as the promised land by oil companies, is likely to play only a marginal role in providing for the planet's future energy needs, a Norwegian study claimed Tuesday.

Technip wins North Sea underwater contract

Mar 26, 2012

French oil services group Technip announced Monday it had secured a contract worth about 600 million euros ($795 million) to refurbish and develop oil installations in the North Sea.

China's CNOOC cleaning up after another oil spill

Oct 16, 2011

Chinese oil giant CNOOC said Sunday it has suspended production at a platform off northeastern China after a ruptured pipe leaked crude into Bohai Bay, in the lastest spill to hit the company.

Total identifies source of North Sea gas leak

Mar 29, 2012

French energy giant Total said Thursday it had identified the source of a gas leak on a North Sea platform which has sparked fears of an explosion and wiped billions of euros off its market value.

Recommended for you

The green lungs of our planet are changing

21 minutes ago

Are leaves and buds developing earlier in the spring? And do leaves stay on the trees longer in autumn? Do steppe ecosystems remaining green longer and are the savannas becoming drier and drier? In fact, over recent decades, ...

Researchers connect climate change to food safety

2 hours ago

Climate change can affect our food safety in a number of ways. In a European study, researchers at Wageningen University and Ghent University (Belgium) state that there is often a relationship between long-term changes in ...

Shale gas in doubt in UK's low-carbon transition

4 hours ago

Academics from Warwick Business School and University College London have published an opinion piece based on research funded by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) advising policymakers that, because of continuing economic, ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.