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Ekofisk tank has to shut down

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High waves during the hurricane of December 1990 caused damage to the tank and led to a temporary shutdown. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) afterwards kept a close eye on conditions there.
— Ekofisk in bad weather. Photo: Husmo Photo / Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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It was worried that similar incidents could occur as seabed subsidence continued. That prompted it to give the licensees in production licence 018 notice of an order on 8 October:

”The above-mentioned conditions on 2/4 T do not accord with the minimum requirements in the regulations for the safety of people, the environment and material assets.

”Continued modifications on 2/4 T will be insufficient to compensate for the negative trend in the level of risk on the facility …

”Persistent subsidence could also contribute to a continuous worsening in the risk picture. Consideration for the safety of people, the environment and material assets requires a permanent cessation of processing and transport activities on 2/4 T.

”Given the expected development of the risk level on the facility, the NPD concludes until further notice that the above-mentioned activity on 2/4 T must cease permanently from the winter season of 1995-96 at the latest.”

Knut åm,
Knut Åm by his office desk. Printed in Ekofisk no 4, 1993. Photo: Dag Myrestrand/ConocoPhillips

Phillips Norway CEO Knut Åm claimed that the tank was in better condition than ever. But this letter was a serious warning to the company as operator of Ekofisk, and eventually triggered plans for the Ekofisk II development.[REMOVE]Fotnote: Lerøen, Bjørn Vidar, 1001 brønn. Oljedirektoratet 1972-1997.


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Published 24. June 2019   •   Updated 16. October 2019
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