Statoil reported Thursday afternoon that an oil spill discovered at its Statfjord A platform in the Norwegian North Sea is no more than 40 cubic meters of oil (250 barrels).
Statoil said that the oil spill occurred Thursday morning during the loading of oil from the Statfjord A platform to the tanker 'Hilda Knutsen' via the OLS B loading buoy, which is located between Statfjord A and the Statfjord B platform. The spill occurred because of a leak located in a flange in the loading hose.
A stand-by vessel with oil spill response equipment and an anchor-handling vessel, equipped with a remotely-operated vehicle, are also at the location. Meanwhile, a search-and-rescue helicopter is assisting with monitoring the spill.
The Statford field covers approximately 215 square miles on the UK-Norway boundary of the North Sea. Discovered in 1974, it exports around 80,000 barrels of oil per day. The field is expected to remain in production until 2025.
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