BP ordered to clean up its act after North Sea gas and oil leak

City A.M. Reporter
BP HAS been ordered to review risk handling and maintenance at its offshore oil platforms in Norway following a leak at a North Sea platform that could have caused a major accident.

Norway’s oil safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway, issued the warning yesterday after a leak last September from the production platform at the Ula field in the North Sea.

Some 1,600kg of gas and 125 barrels of oil were leaked – a quantity considered significant by the watchdog.

“The incident 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 agency said yesterday.

BP had already been told to improve the way it handles maintenance at ageing platforms following a fire at the Valhall field in the North Sea in 2011.

BP said it was addressing the issues and it aims to fully comply with the orders by the end of 2013.