An oil tanker and a Norwegian navy frigate collided off Norway’s west coast on Thursday, injuring eight individuals and triggering the short-term shutdown of a North Sea crude export terminal, Norway’s high gasoline processing plant and several other offshore fields.
The frigate, which just lately took half in a significant NATO navy train, was aground and tilting on one aspect, reside tv photos confirmed. The Norwegian navy was trying to save lots of the ship.
“We are engaged on stabilizing the vessel,” Norwegian Navy Counter-Admiral Nils Andreas Stensoenes advised a information convention, including that the eight injured had been all Navy crew. Some 137 crew had been on board on the time of the accident.
“We are very glad that no lives obtained misplaced and that the accidents aren’t extra severe than they’re,” he added.
Police and the nationwide Accident Investigation Board had been investigating the accident, which came about at 0326 GMT.
The tanker had left Equinor’s Sture oil cargo terminal with a cargo of crude, and the power was shut for a number of hours on Thursday consequently.
The Kollsnes gasoline plant, with a processing capability of 144.5 million cubic meters per day, was additionally shut for a number of hours.
Both the Sture terminal and the Kollsnes plant had been restarting on Thursday afternoon, Equinor stated in an announcement.
Kollsnes processes gasoline from the Troll, Kvitebjoern and Visund fields for Britain and the remainder of Europe. The Troll A platform was additionally restarting operations after its earlier short-term shutdown, Equinor stated.
U.Ok. wholesale gasoline costs had been up forward of reports of the incident and elevated additional afterwards. Gas for speedy supply was up 6.2 per cent at 66.50 pence per therm at 1136 GMT. Norway is a significant provider of gasoline to Britain so huge outages can impression U.Ok. gasoline costs.
Flows from Norway to Britain had been down by 14-15 million cubic meters as a result of Kollsnes outage.
“Norwegian outages as a result of collision have prompted additional shopping for. The market was already fairly bullish as a consequence of decrease temperatures,” a British gasoline dealer stated.
There was no signal of a leak from the oil tanker, though it might return to port for inspection, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for southern Norway advised Reuters.
The Sture terminal receives oil through pipelines from North Sea fields, together with Oseberg, Grane, Svalin, Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen, which in flip is exported to international markets on tankers. Oseberg, Grane and Ivar Aasen had been restarting output after being shut, their operators stated.
Oil output from the fields delivering to the Sture terminal was round 350,000 barrels per day in August, the most recent information accessible from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate confirmed.
The Sture terminal has a capability to retailer a million cubic meters of crude oil and 60,000 cubic meters of liquefied petroleum gasoline in rock chambers.
LPG combine and naphtha are additionally exported from the terminal through the Vestprosess pipeline to the Mongstad oil terminal.
Oseberg is among the crude streams underpinning the worldwide Brent oil benchmark. Brent crude futures had been down 21 cents at $71.86 a barrel by 1249 GMT.
Production on the Edvard Grieg subject was shut on Thursday, a supply with data of its operations stated. It was not instantly clear whether or not output had restarted there too.
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