Leak on BP’s Ula field

Energy giant BP said yesterday that there had been a gas leak on the Ula field operated by the company in the Norwegian North Sea.

Gas was detected in the separator module on the production platform on Wednesday, September 12.

BP said the installation’s safety system shut down production immediately, and all workers were safely accounted for.

The company added: “After the incident, a minor oil sheen was observed on the sea surface, which dispersed naturally after a short period. BP has initiated an internal investigation. Production will not be resumed until the causes of the incident have been clarified and the conditions rectified.”

The leak at Ula was considered serious because its location posed a risk to the facility itself but the spill was contained and did not currently pose an environment risk, according to the Petroleum Safety Authority.