Norway orders BP to assess risks after Sept leak in North Sea

30 April 2013 16:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) on Tuesday ordered UK energy giant BP to review its risk management system after the agency discovered “serious breaches” following its investigation into a September 2012 hydrocarbon leak in the North Sea.

“The substantial hydrocarbon leak on the Ula P production installation at the southern end of the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) had the potential to become a major accident, with the risk that a number of lives might have been lost and substantial material damage caused,” the PSA said after releasing the order.

BP must submit the review of its management system for the NCS by 1 September. Also on that deadline, the company must submit an assessment of measures it took after the 2011 fire on the Valhall oil field in the North Sea.

A BP spokesman said the company has received the PSA’s investigation report on the Ula incident.

“The findings closely match BP’s own investigation, and work has already started to address the issues raised and to fully comply with the orders by the end of 2013,” Mark Salt said.

BP’s petrochemical business reported a 47% decline in profits for the first quarter of 2013.

The company is also involved in a two-phased federal civil trial to determine its liability in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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