Gas sale contract secured
The first sales agreement for Ekofisk gas was signed in Oslo on 22 January 1972 with a buyer consortium headed by West Germany’s Ruhrgas. It had come out ahead in the negotiations through its willingness to meet the Phillips demands for price escalation.
Laying a pipeline to continental Europe rather than the UK also offered a larger number of potential additional customers for the gas, which was advantageous when bargaining over prices.
Ruhrgas took 50 per cent of the gas, while its partners – Dutch Gasunie, Gaz de France and Belgium’s Distrigas – split the other 50 per cent between them. Deliveries were to start in 1975.
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What caused the Alexander L. Kielland-accident?
The commission of inquiry into the Alexander L Kielland accident submitted its findings on 6 April 1981. On 2 April 1982, the Ministry of Local Government and Labour followed up with a White Paper.
The Bravo Blow out
The “abandon platform” alarm sounded on Ekofisk 2/4 B – the Bravo installation – at 22.00 on Friday 22 April 1977. An uncontrolled escape of oil and gas had begun in well B-14. Large quantities of oil and gas spurted five-six metres into the air before falling into the sea. What should not have happened had occurred. The question was how this could be possible.