Statoil to upgrade Snorre complex

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 29
-- Statoil ASA will invest more than 5 billion kroner to ensure increased production and continued profitability from its Snorre field. The field “has the largest remaining reserves of Statoil’s fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” said Torstein Hole, senior vice-president of the firm’s western exploration and production operations in Norway.

“A number of extensive modifications have been carried out in recent years to make the installations more robust for increased production and an extended lifetime up until the year 2040,” Hole said in an article published on Statoil’s web site. “We are the NCS field carrying out most modifications in 2009-10. Total capital expenditure for Snorre in 2009 and 2010 amounts to 5 billion kroner, of which health, safety, and environmental measures account for over 50%,” he said.

The flotel “Safe Scandinavia” is to arrive at Snorre A next summer and will increase the field’s sleeping capacity for 6 months for more workers for additional projects and maintenance. The accommodation quarters on Snorre will be upgraded in that period, with more single-occupant rooms to be built and noise-reduction measures implemented.

The two platforms at the Snorre field will be upgraded and the present fire and gas alarm will be replaced with a modernized system at a cost of 450 million kroner. Apply Sorco AS was awarded the main contract for the upgrade.

“We will get a completely revamped, modern system with a much improved coverage compared to the current one. This will make the platform’s warning system more robust and will represent a big safety improvement,” said Hole.

The comprehensive project will extend 3 years to 2012. “While the platform is in full operation, and the current warning system is operative, some 1,700 detectors will be removed and 2,000 new ones installed; 36 km of cable will be taken out and 47 km of new cable installed,” Hole said.

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