Roger Vielvoye International Editor The world's largest and most sophisticated tension leg platform (TLP) was floated out to Snorre oil field in the Norwegian North Sea last month. The 78,000 ton unit built by Norwegian independent, Saga Petroleum AS, Oslo, was installed in the southern part of block 34/7 and should produce first oil in August, about a month ahead of schedule (Fig. 1). FIRST NORWEGIAN TLP Snorre is not only the first tension leg platform in the Norwegian sector, it is also the first deepwater project in Norway. Water on the southern platform site was 1,016 ft deep, compared with 720 ft for the ...

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