Norway's Aasgard Project Heads For Production Start

L.R. Aalund Managing Editor-Technology Activity is intense below deck as a huge workforce deals with a million man-hours of "carryover" work to get the Aasgard A FPSO ready for for sea trials late this year. Map [86,776 bytes] Aasgard, the most daring and complex subsea project ever launched, is heading towards its first production of crude oil. Unfortunately, the pace is much slower than originally planned and the cost much higher than first estimated. The massive project in the Norwegian Sea will eventually produce 200,000 b/d of crude oil and send 1.4 bcfd of natural gas deep into the heart of Europe. But it appears now production won&...

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