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PSA establishes emergency response centre

An emergency response centre was established by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) at 12.40 Central European Time on Wednesday 12 December.

This followed a leak of crude oil from the Statfjord A loading buoy in the Norwegian North Sea, which is operated by StatoilHydro.

Provisionally estimated at 21 750 barrels (3 840 cubic metres), the Statfjord leak is the second biggest discharge of oil in Norwegian petroleum history.
The largest was the Bravo blow-out in 1977, which released about 75 000 barrels (12 000 cubic metres).

The PSA’s role in an emergency is to supervise the operator’s handling of the incident.

Further information from:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 97 05 40 64