FS3 4941 Produced Water Release
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- Module 4941 at Flow Station 3 (FS3), Eastern Operating Area in Prudhoe Bay, approximately 1 mile east of Pump Station 1 and approximately 4.5 miles northwest of Deadhorse.
- 07:35 October 21, 2019
- Spill Id
- Product/ Quantity
- The spilled product is produced water, which is a byproduct of oil production and normally contains small amount of crude oil (<1%), any chemicals added during the production/treatment process, and brine. BPXA currently estimates that 25,200 gallons (600 bbls) of produced water were released from the system to the module, gravel pad, and tundra. The produced water contained an estimated 0.00156% crude oil, equaling approximately 39 gallons.
- Preliminary reports indicate that the cause of the release was due to the separation of expansion joints on a suction header that connects to two produced water injection pumps within module 4941. The expansion joints on the header are believed to have parted due to a “water hammer” that was created when the two pumps shut down during a power outage. BPXA expects to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the release.