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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has warned Phillips Petroleum Co. Norway AS it will shut down giant Ekofisk oil field field over safety concerns before winter 1995-96.
On Oct. 8 NPD gave Greater Ekorisk licensees 3 weeks to state their case.
Later that day Phillips, operator of the Ekofisk complex in the Norwegian North Sea, said the threat was intended to speed changes in the field's processing and transportation systems.
NPD cited studies carried out by Phillips that revealed aging equipment and inadequate maintenance. Seabed subsidence, which led to several of the field's platforms being jacked up 3 m in 1987, made things worse.