Oil Spotted on Danish North Sea Surface. Maersk Halts Production from Rolf Platform.

 

Today at 08:18, a helicopter flying between the Maersk Oil operated Gorm and Rolf Field observed oil on the water. Oil production from the Rolf platform was immediately stopped.

Maersk Oil has activated its oil spill contingency plan, including 2 x 1,200 metre floating boom barriers which are being transported from Esbjerg. Maersk Oil is also mobilising a remote operating vehicle that can investigate if there is a breach in the pipeline between the Rolf and Gorm platforms.

The Danish Energy Agency, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Admiral Danish Fleet (SOK) have been informed.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, and this is a status update as of Wednesday 2 March 2011 at 11.30 (CET).

The Rolf platform is producing 400 barrels of oil per day. The platform is linked to the Gorm platform by a 17 km long pipeline where the oil from the Rolf platform is processed.

 

Source:Maersk, March  2, 2011;

 

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