PSA Issues Order to Statoil for Barents Sea Discharge

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) issued an order to Statoil ASA, following a discharge of hydraulic oil on April 12, 2005 on the Eirik Raude in connection with drilling of exploration well 7131/4-1. As operator, the company has a primary responsibility for health, safety and environment during the drilling activity.

The notification of order was sent to Statoil on April 14, 2005. The company has confirmed that they have no comments in relation to the notification.

In conformance with the notification, Statoil has received the following order:

With authority in Section 9-5, second subsection of the Petroleum Act and Section 7, fourth subsection of the Pollution Act, Statoil is ordered to maintain the halt in drilling activities implemented by the company until the incident has been clarified and the company can confirm that safety and environment can be properly safeguarded.

The order is signed by both the PSA and SFT.

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