North Sea oil spill will have ‘no impact on the environment’

The hydrocarbon spill occurred at an installation 195km north-east of Shetland.

Oil rig

An 8.7-tonne oil spill in the North Sea will have “no impact on the environment”, according to the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change.

The hydrocarbon spill was reported in the vicinity of the Osprey field which feeds back to the Dunlin Alpha installation at approximately 8.30pm on Tuesday.

The Dunlin Alpha installation, which is located in the North Sea 195km north-east of Shetland, is operated by Aberdeen-based AMEC on behalf of Fairfield Energy Limited.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change said in a statement: “The initial report from the operator was that up to 8.7 tonnes of oil had been released to sea and production from the Osprey field was shut down and depressurised.

“The installation standby vessel remains in the vicinity and aerial surveillance is being routinely undertaken.

“Visual observations report that there continues to be a very small ongoing release of oil coming to the sea surface but that this dispersing rapidly.”

The statement added that the spill presents “no risk to personnel and will have no impact on the environment.”

Visual inspections of the manifold using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) were due to take place over the weekend.

The Secretary of States Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) have been notified about the incident and the Department of Energy and Climate Change are continuing to monitor the situation.

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