The gas leak was discovered at 22:30 on 7 January 2016. According to Gassco, the operating company, the leak occurred in the area where the gas from the Statpipe pipeline arrives at Kårstø. This section of the facility was shut down and depressurisation was initiated.
At present, the size of the leak has not been determined.
Gassco reports that all personnel have been accounted for and brought to safety. No personal injuries resulting from the incident have been notified.
The PSA has decided to instigate an investigation of this incident. The objectives of the investigation include clarifying the chain of events and identifying proximate and underlying causes. Among other things, our investigation will focus on technical conditions, operation and maintenance of the system and emergency response to the incident.
Work on the investigation will begin immediately.
The investigation will result in a report that will be published on ptil.no.
Kårstø gas processing facility is in the municipality of Tysvær in Rogaland county. The facility's operator is Gassco.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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