Statoil shuts down Kristin platform in Norwegian Sea

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Dec. 16
-- Statoil shut down Kristin platform in the Norwegian Sea because workers detected higher-than-acceptable temperature outside an exhaust duct on a gas turbine.

Production was stopped Dec. 12 following a routine inspection. Repairs are under way, and Statoil said Dec. 15 that it expects production will resume by yearend.

Kristin platform, a hub on the southwestern part of Halten Bank, produces gas, oil, and condensate from Kristin and Tyrihans fields.

The shutdown temporarily will cut production corresponding to a total of 100,000 boe/d from the two fields, Statoil said.

Kristin platform personnel were not in danger, and there was no evacuation during a controlled shutdown of the platform. Statoil reported.

The shutdown announcement came the day after Statoil announced plans to install a new compressor module on the Kristin platform in 2013 to help boost recovery rates.

Statoil said the compressor module and low-pressure production on Kristin and Tyrihans field will boost production and possibly increase the value of future projects.

Estimated total reserves in the Kristin and Tyrihans fields could increase by up to 115 million boe as a result of the low-pressure production, Statoil said.

Project Manager Oystein Braathen said the investment decision is expected to prolong the lifetime of Kristin field and associated installations up until 2029-34.

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