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Weld fracture caused North Sea gas leak
by Daniel J. Graeber
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 24, 2017


French energy company ENGIE said Friday it identified a fracture of a weld on a pipe as cause for a leak from its Gjoa platform in the North Sea this week.

No injuries were reported after an incident on the platform in Norwegian waters late Wednesday. In an update on the situation, the exploration and production arm of the French energy company said no contamination of the surrounding environment occurred.

"The direct cause of the leak is now identified to be a fracture in a weld on a 3/4" pipe associated with a condensate pump," the company said in a statement.

The French energy company said 49 people were on the platform at the time of the incident and 19 were taken away by helicopter to a nearby support center. The company said Friday that "some of these employees" were back on the platform working to return operations to normal.

"The company is now in dialogue with the relevant authorities," its statement read. "An internal investigation group is now being established."

Production remains closed. The French energy company made a discovery near the existing Gjoa field last year. The Norwegian government confirmed the discovery in the wildcat Cara well, a well drilled into an area not previously known to contain oil or natural gas, and said the new discovery holds up to 69 million barrels of oil equivalent reserves.

Apart from Russia, Norway is the leading oil and natural gas supplier to the European economy.

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Conflict of interest mars Michigan oil pipeline review
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2017
Michigan's attorney general said the state cut ties with a firm probing risks on a Great Lakes oil pipeline because of ties to Enbridge, the operating company. Pipeline operator Enbridge is facing push back from residents in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula worried about the integrity of Line 5, but the company said it felt it was in as good a condition as when it was ins ... read more

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