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Major incident after fluid leak in England

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A major incident has been declared after about 200 bbl of reservoir fluid leaked into the water at Poole Harbour in Dorset, southern England, on 26 March, the BBC reported.

The leak occurred at a pipeline operated by Perenco, under Owers Bay on Sunday 26 March, according to the report, citing Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC).

Anglo-French oil company Perenco’s UK unit said on Sunday that a limited oil leak occurred at one of its well sites in Wytch Farm in Dorset, southern England. Perenco UK said the spill was being contained and an investigation will be launched.

“Any spill is an extremely serious matter and a full investigation will be launched to ascertain what happened in Poole Harbour,” Perenco UK’s Wytch Farm General Manager, Franck Dy said in a statement.

Perenco UK produces about 40 000 boe/d, of which about 14 000 bbl is from Wytch Farm.

PHC said it activated an emergency oil spill plan and the pipeline had been shut down, with booms placed on either side of the leak. PHC also warned that people should avoid using beaches within Poole Harbour until further details are available.

Last year, Perenco UK’s parent firm declared force majeure for 150 days following a leak at its Cap Lopez oil terminal in Gabon, Central Africa.

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