Snorre B ‘in partial resumption’

Statoil has resumed partial production at its Snorre B platform off Norway after an apparent leak at a subsea template forced a shutdown earlier this month.

The Norwegian state player is still unsure, however, when full output can be resumed at the facility following the 17 May closure.

Statoil shut in the platform and evacuated non-essential personnel when an ROV inspection revealed a crater measuring 100 cubic metres at one of four seabed production templates at the field.

Following the initial shut-in on 17 May, it was closed again two days later after there were problems with the restart.

Reuters quoted the oil company as saying on Friday: “Production from (one) template will remain shut in until further examinations have been concluded. The other production from Snorre B has now resumed.”

Statoil could not be immediately reached for comment.

The two-platform Snorre field produced 88,000 barrels per day of oil last year. Snorre A is still producing at full capacity.

Statoil operates the development on 33.31%, with Petoro on 30%, ExxonMobil on 11.58%, Idemitsu Petroleum on 9.60%, RWE on 8.28%, Total on 6.17% and Core Energy on 1.03%.

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