Total announces delay in Martin Linge field production

Total E&P Norge AS said an accident at a South Korean shipyard will delay the shipping of Martin Linge platform modules to Norway. Consequently, production at Martin Linge field in the Norwegian North Sea has been delayed from 2017 to 2018.

Total E&P Norge AS said an accident at a South Korean shipyard will delay the shipping of Martin Linge platform modules to Norway. Consequently, production at Martin Linge field in the Norwegian North Sea has been delayed from 2017 to 2018.

Six people died and more than 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard on May 1 during construction of the Martin Linge platform.

Total sent its experts to join an ongoing investigation into causes of the accident and to prevent any reoccurrence of accidents.

Following the accident, work related to the Martin Linge project were suspended until June 1.

The installation of the modules and lifting operations, which can only be carried out during summer, initially was planned for this year but now is postponed until summer 2018.

All work at the yard was suspended for several days to prioritize the investigation, said Arnaud Breuillac, Total E&P president.

Total E&P Norge operates Martin Linge with 51% interest. Partners are Petoro 30% and Statoil 19%.

Work on the Egina floating production, storage, and offloading vessel resumed following a 2-week suspension. Egina is expected to come on stream in second-half 2018 on offshore Block OML 130 about 150 km off Nigeria.

Total is the operator with 24% interest. Partners are CNOOC Ltd. 45%, Petrobras 16%, and Sapetro 15%.

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