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“Serious situation for Statoil” says Bellona. Gullfaks C platform crew unable to stabilise well pressure. 89 platform personnel were evacuated off Statoil’s Gullfaks C platform yesterday, after a change in well pressure. One of the two safety systems to prevent an uncontrolled blowout failed, and the crew are still struggling to get the situation under control.

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“Serious situation for Statoil” says Bellona

Published on Friday, 21st May, 2010 at 13:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Gullfaks C platform crew unable to stabilise well pressure.

Gullfaks C
Gullfaks C
Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil


89 platform personnel were evacuated off Statoil’s Gullfaks C platform yesterday, after a change in well pressure.

One of the two safety systems to prevent an uncontrolled blowout failed, and the crew are still struggling to get the situation under control.

“The unstable well pressure situation is unchanged since yesterday. The remaining personnel are working on restoring the drilling mud safety barrier,” Gisle Johansen, Statoil’s press spokesperson tells The Foreigner.

Drilling mud both lubricates the drill bit whilst boring, and also acts as a safety mechanism to stabilise pressure in the well.

Johansen goes on to say everyone on the platform is safe, and there are no leakages from the well.

But Bellona leader Frederic Hauge believes the incident could be serious for Statoil.  

“When they conduct their evaluation, I’m sure the Petroleum Safety Authority will look upon it as having had the potential to cause a major accident. It’s that serious,” he says.



Published on Friday, 21st May, 2010 at 13:21 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

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





  
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