PSA Demobilizes Emergency Response Center

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has demobilized the emergency response center established after the Statfjord A oil spill, but will continue to follow up the incident with operator StatoilHydro.

This afternoon, the PSA resolved to establish an inquiry in order to identify the causes of the incident which occurred in the Norwegian North Sea on Wednesday Dec. 12.

StatoilHydro is responsible for the clean-up operation after the spill, under the supervision of the Norwegian Coast Directorate.

The PSA is responsible for supervising the operator's handling of the incident, and has been in emergency mode since 12.40 Central European Time.

Estimated at roughly 22 000 barrels (4 000 cubic metres), the spill is the second biggest discharge of oil in Norwegian petroleum history after the Bravo blow-out in 1977.