Phillips details Ekofisk abandonment plan

Phillips Petroleum Co. Norway expects to begin removing derelict platforms from Ekofisk field in 2001 but will begin abandonment work this year. The operator recently switched production in Ekofisk to two new platforms, following an 18.8 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) redevelopment after seabed subsidence made many platforms unsafe. Earlier this year, Phillips said it would need to remove 14 platforms and pipelines from the field, but a survey had revealed them to be in better condition than expected (OGJ, Aug. 17, 1998, p. 51). Ekofisk update At the Offshore Northern Seas conference in Stavanger late last month, Phillips officials briefed reporters on the status of Ekofisk and pla...

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