Kaarstoe Gas Leak Halted

Statoil announced Friday that a gas leak that occurred at the Kaarstoe processing plant Thursday night has now been stopped.

In a company statement on Statoil’s website, the Norwegian energy firm said the situation at the site “is returning to normal” and that external resources from the emergency services have been demobilised. Statoil mentioned that it was too early to say anything about the cause of the incident, which will be investigated. 

At 10:30pm CET (Central European Time) Thursday night, a gas leak was reported at the Kaarstoe plant. The leak occurred on the Statpipe section leading into the plant, which led to both Statpipe production trains being stopped. Following the leak Statoil evacuated its personnel from the site, leaving behind a skeleton crew of 25 people to manage the incident. The gas leak did not lead to any physical injuries. 

During the start-up of the plant following the incident last night, Statoil revealed that a smaller leak occurred, which it claimed was “not usual during run-up of plant sections”. The leak has since been identified, “is under control”, and did not involve the mobilisation of external resources. 

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