Statoil brings onstream Gullfaks South tieback offshore Norway

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has started production from its Gullfaks South (GSO) fasttrack project in the Norwegian North Sea.

This is designed to extract a further 65 MMboe from the Gullfaks area, and to prolong the service life of the Gullfaks A platform beyond 2030.

Work on the NOK 9-billion ($1-billion) project started three years ago.

GSO has a larger and more complex subsea scope than Statoil’s previous fasttrack tieback projects, the company says. Development calls for two subsea templates, four production wells, two gas injectors, a gas injection pipeline and three production tubings, in addition to umbilicals and power cables for pipeline heating.

There are 22 subsea tie-ins in total.

Drilling will continue through 1Q 2016.


Statoil's Gullfaks A platform
The Gullfaks A platform in the North Sea. (Photo courtesy Øyvind Hagen)

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