Total suspends operations at North Sea oil field after Greenpeace protest

19 August 2020 (Last Updated August 19th, 2020 16:36)

French energy firm Total has suspended operations at its Dan Bravo oil field in the Danish North Sea.

Total suspends operations at North Sea oil field after Greenpeace protest
Greenpeace activists reveal a large art piece on oil rig after more than 24 hours of occupation. CREDIT:© John Murphy / Greenpeace.

French energy firm Total has suspended operations at its Dan Bravo oil field in the Danish North Sea.

The latest move comes after four Greenpeace activists climbed aboard to protest the country’s continued focus on the exploitation of fossil fuels.

The activists swam 500m to climb to reach the Total-operated unmanned rig since safety regulations banned vessels from entering a zone around it.

Greenpeace Denmark activist Ida Marie said: “We are peacefully occupying the Dan Bravo oil rig today to tell leaders that unless they are brave enough to ban the search for new oil and gas in Denmark, they will never be the green frontrunners they claim to be.

“Banning new oil and gas exploration in the middle of the climate crisis as people around the world are battling floods and fires should be a no-brainer, but the Danish government doesn’t seem to get it.

“Because of my government’s lack of leadership and responsibility, I’m using the privilege of being able to exercise the right to peacefully protest to expose an old fossil fuel-driven world which is getting in the way of the green recovery we need right now.”

In June, the Dan Bravo oil field produced 13,000bpd of oil.

Despite having a deadline of 2050 to achieve net-zero emissions, the Danish Government has approved continued oil and gas production beyond this year.

In April, Greenpeace claimed ‘a win of generational significance’ after OMV announced plans to postpone drilling of its Maui-8 exploration well offshore New Zealand.

Last June, a BP-owned oil rig bound for the North Sea was forced to make its second U-turn in 48 hours as a result of protest action by Greenpeace activists.