Temporary storage vessel approved for Heidrun offshore Norway

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority has issued consents for three Statoil initiatives offshore Norway.

One is for use of the Navion Europa as a temporary storage vessel for the Heidrun field and the Heidrun Oil Export Solution in the Norwegian Sea.

Heidrun is in 350 m (1,148 ft) of water in the Haltenbanken region. Production started in 1995 using a concrete TLP.  Statoil has commissioned new facilities to extend the field’s life.

Navion Europa, operated by Teekay Shipping, regulates buoy loading operations on the Norwegian continental shelf.

In the North Sea, Statoil has authorization to use the semisubmersible Songa Trym to drill well 35/11-A-31 in the Fram H-Nord field in license 090, in 361 m (1,184 ft) of water. The program is expected to last around 40 days.

Farther south, Statoil Petroleum has permission to use the jackup Mærsk Gallant to drill exploration wells 2/4-22 S and 2/4-22 A in PL 146, 15 km (9.3 mi) north of the Ekofisk field. Water depth is roughly 67 m (220 ft). Drilling could last up to 189 days, depending on whether a discovery results.


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