A report was received at 08.30 on this day that oil had been observed on the sea close to the OLS B loading buoy on the field.
The discovery was made while loading crude from Statfjord A into the Hilda Knutsen shuttle tanker via the buoy, which stands between the A and B platforms.
According to a preliminary assessment by operator Statoil, the spill could be in the order of 40 cubic metres of crude oil.
The PSA has resolved to investigate this incident, in part to clarify the course of events and to identify the direct and underlying causes.
Issues due to be covered will include the technical condition, maintenance and operation of the offshore loading system.
The investigation will result in a report posted to www.psa.no.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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