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Equinor restarts Sture crude oil terminal, gas plant, after shipping collision

London β€” Norway's state-controlled Equinor on Thursday resumed operations at the Sture terminal, loading point for around 15% of the country's crude, and the adjoining Kollsnes gas plant, after an oil tanker collided with a Norwegian frigate close to the terminal, it said.

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Operations resumed Thursday afternoon after the incident in the early hours of the morning, Equinor said in a statement.

No crude oil leaked in the incident, a senior official responsible for the terminal said in a statement.

Sture, located in southern Norway near Bergen, is the loading point for Oseberg and Grane crude, with loadings of the two amounting to around 100,000 b/d and 200,000 b/d respectively. The Kollsnes plant processes gas from the Troll, Kvitebjorn, Visund and Fram fields.

Oseberg is a constituent of the Platts Dated Brent benchmark, typically loading in parcels of 600,000 barrels.

Total, Shell and ExxonMobil were all due to load Grane or Oseberg cargoes in the next few days, according to the November loading programs seen by Platts, although the equity holders of the cargoes declined to comment.

Local media reported the tanker, the Maltese-flagged Sola TS, had crashed into the frigate Helge Ingstad, causing the naval vessel to take on water and minor injuries to several of its crew members, while the tanker was undamaged.

Sture has two jetty facilities and accommodates tankers of up to 300,000 dwt. Equinor is the operator, with a 36% ownership stake.

--Nick Coleman, nick.coleman@spglobal.com

--Edited by Jonathan Loades-Carter, newsdesk@spglobal.com

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