STAVANGER, Norway -- Statoil is preparing for numerous planned maintenance projects on its fields offshore Norway this summer, starting with Troll A in June.
Further programs will follow on Snøhvit, Kvitebjørn, Visund, and Statfjord C, and later on Gullfaks A and B, among others. By the end of October, a total of 23 turnarounds should have been completed.
Åsgard A’s shutdown will be longest, lasting most of June and July, as the FPSO’s swivel will be changed for the first time. The aim is to make the facility more robust and to prepare it for export of electric power to the Åsgard subsea compression system, currently under development.
Snøhvit’s turnaround will be the most labor-intensive. Aside from maintenance, the program involves changing out two engines and what Statoil claims is the world’s largest seawater exchanger, along with modification work in the cooling tower.
Another of the more critical turnarounds is the finalization of the Statfjord late life project, designed to extend the life of the Statfjord C platform. At Snorre A, an upgrade will be implemented to the onboard equipment controlling the production and safety systems, partly to improve the working conditions for the control room staff.