Rogaland county public prosecutor has notified Statoil has fined Statoil NOK 25 million ($4.2) following the oil leak from the Statfjord A loading buoy on 12 December 2007.
“We have noted the public prosecutor’s decision,” says Thorstein Hole, vice president for the operations west cluster in Statoil. “We’ll be taking time to study the grounds for the fine.”
Extensive improvements have been implemented after the accident on the North Sea field, he reports. “We’ve made changes to the way we plan and implement modifications, strengthened the maintenance programme and adopted more secure routines for offshore loading.
“Together with the shipping companies, we’ve also implemented extensive upgrading work on 20 shuttle tankers we utilise on the Norwegian continental shelf.”
He notes that more than 20,000 offshore loading operations have been conducted on the NCS over the past 30 years, including 7,000 on Statfjord.
“The measures we’ve adopted have enhanced loading robustness and security even further. Monitoring of these operations has also been improved, so that such incidents can be spotted early.”
No identifiable harm was caused to the environment by the oil spill on Statfjord, according to a report from the Sintef research foundation, the Norwegian Institute for Marine Research and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.