Eni delivers first oil from Goliat in the Barents Sea

Offshore staff

SANDNES, NorwayEni has started oil production from the most northerly point to date on the Norwegian continental shelf, at the Goliat field.

Goliat is in production license 229 in the Barents Sea, 85 km (53 mi) northwest of Hammerfest in an ice-free area offshore northern Norway.

The field has been developed via what Eni claims is the world’s largest and most sophisticated floating cylindrical production and storage (FPSO) to date, designed by Sevan Marine.

This has a storage capacity close to 1 MMbbl, and was built using the most advanced technologies available, Eni says, to address the technical and environmental challenges of Arctic offshore operations.

Goliat’s facilities will produce 100,000 b/d of oil: the field contains an estimated 180 MMbbl.

Production is via a subsea system that will eventually comprise 22 wells (17 have so far been completed), with 12 production wells, seven water injectors, and three gas injectors.

The field is powered by hydro-generated electricity exported from mainland Borway through a subsea cable. This solution, Eni says, cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 50% compared with other solutions. Produced water and gas will be re-injected into the reservoir.

Eni operates with a 65% stake, in partnership with Statoil (35%).


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