* Statoil needs several days to assess damage
* Corrosion found in another gas tank
OSLO Nov 16 Norway's Statoil has found
further corrosion in gas tanks at its Troll C platform in the
North Sea and will keep the facility offline for several more
days while it investigates.
Troll C produces about 120,000 barrels of oil a day, or 8
percent of Norway's output, while its gas output is 10.5 million
cubic metres a day, about 3 percent of the country's output.
"Work is now being done to qualify the repair method and
scope of work on the tanks. In a few days we will be able to
give more information about the expected duration of the
production stop," the company said in a statement.
Statoil said the corrosion does not present a safety risk to
The company initially discovered corrosion in a tank in an
auxiliary system for gas treatment and shut the facility to
investigate a similar tank in a parallel system.
"Corrosion under insulation is a well-known problem which is
handled in scheduled inspection programmes. The corrosion on the
Troll C tanks was discovered during such inspection," Statoil
The Troll field's shareholders include state holding company
Petoro (56.0 pct), Statoil (30.6 pct), Shell (8.1 pct),
Total (3.69 pct) and ConocoPhillips (1.62