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Bellona demands Gullfaks C investigation. Organisation alleges Statoil held back vital information. Statoil faces continuing problems over its Gullfaks C well. The company confirms it has control over the pressure and volume, but Bellona leader Frederic Hauge wants more detailed answers. “It’s a serious incident that should be investigated by the police,” he says.

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Bellona demands Gullfaks C investigation

Published on Friday, 28th May, 2010 at 15:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Organisation alleges Statoil held back vital information.

Gullfaks C
Gullfaks C
Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil


Continuing risk

Statoil faces continuing problems over its Gullfaks C well. The company confirms it has control over the pressure and volume, but Bellona leader Frederic Hauge wants more detailed answers.

“It’s a serious incident that should be investigated by the police,” he says.

Last week, 89 people were evacuated after a change in well pressure was detected. The remaining 140 crew fought to gain control by, amongst other things, pumping major volumes of drilling mud into the well.

Gisle Johansen, Statoil’s press spokesperson, says things are looking much better now, and the next phase will be to normalise pressure in the well with a concrete plug.

“But the situation won’t be clarified and brought back to normal before the last safety barrier is in place,” he tells Bellona.

Hauge believes this continues to make the situation serious, as there’s still a risk of an uncontrolled blowout without the so-called BOP (blowout preventer).

Reluctant

Bellona alleges Statoil has withheld information. The company won’t reveal how much drilling mud was used.

It’s also only recently confirmed the drill string is wedged in the well, despite the fact Bellona allege the organisation has known about it since Friday.

“Statoil’s been reluctant to comment about exactly what’s going on out on the platform. We feel such knowledge is in the public’s interest,” says Hauge.

Johansen reasons this wouldn’t have been appropriate whilst some uncertainty about what was happening remained.

Greedy

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) believes whilst Statoil handled the situation properly in this case, it was still serious.

“We have the impression that company has taken the situation seriously and looked for best solutions to resolve the problems. However, it will still be natural for the PSA to investigate what happened on Gullfaks C, as well as how,” says their press spokesperson, Inger Anda.

Frederic Hauge believes it’ll end up being investigated by the police anyway.

“We believe Statoil has operated beyond what is acceptable, and in their greed has taken unnecessary risks in a difficult reservoir,” he tells Stavanger Aftenblad.



Published on Friday, 28th May, 2010 at 15:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: statoil, gullfaks, c, well, pressure, safety, failure, blowout, evacuation, bellona.





  
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