The Ekofisk Field

The history of the Ekofisk field is full of events where things are happening for the first time in Norwegian petroleum activities.

The continental shelf is declared Norwegian


Norway could start negotiations with the other North Sea countries on the final dividing line of the entire North Sea shelf.

First licensing round


Hand-colored map of the licenses awarded in the first licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf in 1965.

The first rigs


Ocean Viking, Ocean Traveler and Trans World 61 at Stavanger on the way to the Ekofisk field. Photo: Donald J. Stevens/Norwegian Peroleum Museum

The Ekofisk name


How did really Ekofisk get it's name?

Official opening of the oil terminal in Teesside



Alexander L. Kielland


Only the bottom of the pontoons appear after Alexander L. Kielland capsized. The Edda platform in the background.

The Ekofisk March


The first Ekofisk March took place in 1985.

The Bravo blow-out


On Friday, April 22, 1977, at ten o'clock in the evening, "Leave the Platform" sounded the alarm on Ekofisk 2/4 B. An uncontrolled blowout of oil and gas was underway in well B-14. Large quantities of oil and gas sprayed 5-6 meters up in the air before it went straight into the sea. What was not to happen had happened.

Production starts at Gulftide


Official opening of Norwegian oil production on June 9, 1971, and start of production on June 15, 1971.

The Ekofisk tank is installed.


The Ekofisktank reached the field on July 1, 1973. The immersion took place by water being gradually pumped into the tanks, until it was at the bottom.

Protecting the Ekofisk Tank


Each half of the protective wall weighed 150,000 tons each. The tow was 310 nautical miles long.

Ekofisk II


Ekofisk 2/4 J started oil exports on August 18, 1998, as part of the Ekofisk II project

New hotel platform


Ekofisk 2/4 L is lifted into place. The new residential and field center platform 2/4 L replaces two older installations from the 1970s.