StatoilHydro's Statfjord A Platform Resumes Production After Oil Leak

Production resumed on the Statfjord A platform May 28, after four days of shutdown due to an oil leak Saturday May 24.

The oil leak, which occurred Saturday May 24, led to an immediate production shutdown and a part of the crew was evacuated. As soon as the situation allowed, efforts began to stop the leak and at the same time extensive oil spill response work was initiated. The crew members could soon return to the platform.

Production on the Snorre A platform and the Vigdis field, which were also shut down due to the incident on Statfjord A, was resumed Sunday.

During the last few days the crew on Statfjord A has been busy preparing the platform for start-up.

"We are very pleased that the incident did not cause any injuries, and that we are on stream again," said Lars Petter Lundahl, head of Statfjord production. "The organization has done a fantastic job on examining the equipment and preparing for start-up. I would also like to praise our emergency response organization who participated during the incident, both on board Statfjord A and onshore."

The incident will be investigated by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway and StatoilHydro.