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.
Further information from:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson, PSA
Telephone: +47 97 05 40 64