Maersk Oil to Shut Gryphon Installation for 'Considerable Time'



Maersk Oil announced it will keep its Gryphon oil and gas installation shut-in after it sustained considerable damage in a storm last week. The Gryphon FPSO is stable, all wells were closed in and no oil spill was seen.

The operator is continuing to secure the FPSO, is assessing the damage done and is planning for future repairs. Maersk shut down the FPSO last Friday, February 4, in heavy storms during which four of ten anchor chains broke, allowing the vessel to move from its position. Shortly after, the FPSO was stabilized. The FPSO vessel is stationed above the Gryphon, Maclure and Tullich oil and gas fields.

The Gryphon field is located on Block 9/18b about 199 miles (320 kilometers) North East of Aberdeen in 367 feet (112 meters) of water. Maersk Oil operates the block, holding 86.5% interest.

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