Production of oil and gas from Statoil's Statfjord C platform in the North Sea has been suspended today, 21 January, following the discovery of corrosion damage to a pipe in the flare system.
"We are concentrating now on a safe and secure shutdown," says platform manager Njål Sølvberg. "After that, we'll have to decide how to repair the damage as well as identifying its cause."
Repairs will be carried out in collaboration with Aker Maritime, which holds the maintenance contract for piping systems on Statfjord.
How long the work will take is uncertain, but Mr Sølvberg expects the platform to be shut down for at least five days.
That will cut oil production by 200,000 barrels per day, including output from the Statfjord East, Statfjord North and Sygna satellites.