Offshore oil spill south of Geraldton ‘not serious’, Triangle Energy says
An offshore oil rig has developed a leak during severe weather and rough seas yesterday morning.
Owners of the Cliff Head Alpha Platform, located about 14km offshore and about 100km south of Geraldton, said a small crack had developed in the flow meter of one of its wells.
Production was interrupted but there was no risk to staff or the environment.
A spokesperson for the owner, Triangle Energy, said the company acted immediately according to its oil pollution emergency plan.
“Under the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies, the incident is classified as a Level 1 (low level) oil spill, which is in the range of zero to 10,000 litres,” she said.
“Current estimates reflect the lower end of this range.”
She said Triangle’s person-in-charge observed the loss of produced fluid during an inspection on the platform at 7.20am yesterday and immediately shut down the affected well.
“Production from additional wells was shut down at 7.45am while an engineering investigation commenced,” she said.
“Triangle is implementing oil pollution mitigation measures and strategies which reduce potential environmental impacts of the spill.
“The company has activated its contracts with the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre in support of ongoing management of the incident.”
The spokeswoman said the environmental impact would be negligible due to containment on the platform itself and the extreme sea conditions which naturally dissipate this type of fluid.
The said the company would continue to implement its emergency plan until clean-up measures were confirmed.
“Triangle can confirm there is no risk to staff safety and it will continue to assess the situation, weather conditions, and impact on environment,” she said.
The company said an update would be provided as more material information becomes available.
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