Pipe rupture triggered blast at Gorm field off Denmark

A ruptured high-pressure pipe from a gas compressor sparked an explosion that shut in oil and gas production at Gorm field and its satellite fields in the Danish North Sea, Maersk Olie & Gas AS, Copenhagen, said Wednesday. It's unknown when damage to the Gorm C platform will be repaired.


By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, May 23 -- A ruptured high-pressure pipe from a gas compressor sparked an explosion that shut in oil and gas production at Gorm field and its satellite fields in the Danish North Sea, Maersk Olie & Gas AS, Copenhagen, reported Wednesday.

The Sunday explosion caused minor burns to two people. No oil pollution resulted from the accident (OGJ Online, May 21, 2001).

Module 5 on the Gorm C platform sustained damage. It's unknown yet when the module will be back in operation, Maersk Olie said.

Immediately after the explosion, oil and gas production from Dansk Undergrunds Consortium's Dan and Gorm fields was stopped.

Production at Dan field was resumed within a day, but production from Gorm field and its satellite fields was shut in until further notice.

Maersk Olie & Gas reported April production figures of 127,000 b/d of oil from Dan and 47,000 b/d from Gorm along with 75,000 b/d total from Gorm's four satellite fields. The fields have limited gas production at this time of year and those statistics were unavailable, a spokesman said.

DUC partners are Amerada Hess Corp., 57.5%, Dansk Olie & Naturgas AS 34.3%, Denerco Oil AS 6.6%, and Danoil Exploration AS 1.6%.

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