STATOIL CITES DESIGN ERRORS IN SLEIPNER STRUCTURE LOSS

Norway's state owned Den norske stats oljeselskap AS has pinpointed cause of the accident that resulted in the sinking of the Sleipner A platform concrete gravity structure in a Norwegian fjord in August. Statoil earlier this month announced the accident was caused by design errors leading to cracks in one of the concrete shafts (OGJ, Oct. 21, Newsletter). Loss of the structure off Stavanger stunned Norway's offshore industry and forced Statoil to scramble to implement other supply

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