North Sea platform shut down because of pipeline corrosion
disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only Norwegian energy company Statoil

Stavanger, Norway, Aug 24, 2014 – (UPI) Norwegian energy company Statoil said it shut down its Troll platform in the North Sea after encountering a corroded pipeline at an oil export system.

The company said it encountered a corroded pipe on the Troll C platform’s export system following a routine inspection.

The Troll C platform pulls around 58,000 barrels of oil per day from the Fram field in the North Sea, in addition to natural gas exports of around 280 million cubic feet per day. The company said Wednesday it would take about a week to complete repairs and reopen the platform.

A compressor issue in the area shut down natural gas production for 24 hours in March.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation’s energy regulator, said the Troll field contains 49 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and production was around 1 trillion cubic feet last year.

Norway is one of the top oil and natural gas exporters to the European market.


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