Statoil completes hot tap, sends out first ethane from Karsto

Click here to enlarge imageNorway's Statoil AS reported earlier this month that a hot-tap operation completed at the end of August has prepared the Statpipe gas trunkline for tie-in of an export line from its Gullfaks field in the Norwegian North Sea.In addition, Statoil at the end of August shipped out its first cargo of ethane from the newly expanded gas-plant at Karstø.Hot tap The pipeline work was done for the Gullfaks Satellites Phase II export line (GFSE) project by divers from Seaway Osprey, operated by the Stolt Rockwater joint venture.A 30-cm hole was drilled into Statpipe through a welded T joint with a shut-off valve in 135 m of water without halting the gas flow.T...

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