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Ekofisk Bravo (1977)

The incident on the Ekofisk 2/4-B installation was the first serious uncontrolled oil blowout on the NCS, and began on 22 April 1977 during maintenance work on a production well.

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Seven days passed before American specialists Paul Neal “Red” Adair and Asger “Boots” Hansen were able to kill the well. None of the 112 crew on the platform when the blowout began were injured.

This incident caused the worst oil spill in Norwegian history and exposed serious deficiencies in the country’s defences against such pollution. Nevertheless, the environmental impact was slight.