FPSO Alvheim stopped production after gas leak

FPSO AlvheimThe FPSO Alvheim suffered gas leak in the pump room, which halted production at Alvheim field in the central North Sea near the UK sector. After detection of the gas leak, the production was stopped, but the 56 crew remained on board and located the exact leaking pipe. The accident was put under control for several hours without allow spills into the water and environmental pollution. The leak was stopped by the crew and later the production was restarted. Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and water pollution, but the leak put under question the safety operation on board. The local authorities requested an inspection of the FPSO Alvheim, which will be done during the weekend.

The investigation for the leak is under way. This is second stop of production of FPSO Alvheim, which suffered engine and electrical fault on one of its motors eight months ago. Then also the incident was minor without any pollution and injured people.

The company operator of the FPSO informed, that there was no danger for the crew during all the time and their own decision was to stay on board and repair the leaks.

The FPSO Alvheim (IMO: 9170078) has overall length of 252.00 m, moulded beam of 42.00 m and maximum draft of 15.00 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 91,676 DWT and the gross tonnage is 71,058 GRT. The FPSO Alvheim is owned and oeprated by Marathon Oil Norge.