Balder field floater installed for Esso Norge

Smit Maritime Contractors BV installed the Balder production ship on Block 25/11a off Norway for operator Esso Norge AS. As OGJ went to press, Esso was pulling the risers and umbilicals and was preparing to begin testing in readiness for first oil. Photo courtesy of Smit Maritime Contractors.Click here to enlarge imagenullEsso Norge AS expects to begin oil production in Balder field in the Norwegian North Sea, following installation of a floating production unit (FPU).The FPU ship was installed towards the end of August on Block 25/11a by Smit Maritime Contractors BV, Rotterdam. The process took 2 days and involved the connection of 10 mooring chains, each 1,320 m long, with five anchor...

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