Norway's PSA Gives Consent for Disposal of Ekofisk Tank



The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given ConocoPhillips consent in connection with disposal of the Ekofisk Tank. The consent applies to removal of the superstructure.

The superstructure will be cut, sorted and transported to shore by supply vessels. Reuse, recycling or final disposal is the next stage.

The plan calls for work to start in April 2005, and be finished by 2008.

The government has decided that the concrete structure and the appurtenant protection wall will be left on the field.

The resolution regarding the disposal is in concurrence with the Petroleum Act and the convention relating to the protection of the marine environment in the north-eastern Atlantic (the OSPAR convention).

Pursuant to Norway's obligations towards OSPAR, exceptions can be granted from the general prohibition against abandonment of offshore installations under certain conditions.
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