Government consent for phase II
The Ministry of Industry gave its consent on 1 March 1972 to the technical proposals for the second phase of the Ekofisk development.
In addition to the 2/4 A and B production platforms, this covered the central Ekofisk Complex with four steel structures – 2/4 FTP, Q, C and P, a flare stack and the tank (2/4 T).
Before any pipelines were in place, the four wells from the test production phase would be tied into the permanent platforms. Flowlines to the loading buoys ran from the FTP facility.
Phillips was in a hurry, and the platforms had been ordered more than a year before official government approval had been secured.Ekofisk committee reportsOcean Viking completes discovery well
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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.