Further delay hits North Sea Stella start-up

Offshore staff

CALGARY, Canada – Start-up from the Stella field in the UK central North Sea has been pushed back to early January.

According to operator Ithaca Energy, offshore commissioning program for the FPF-1 floating production platform is well advanced.

However, routine inspections identified faults on various electrical junction boxes on the processing facilities, necessitating repairs. All other preparations are as planned.

CEO Les Thomas said: “The safety and integrity of the facility is paramount and we must ensure that everything is done meticulously in advance of the introduction of hydrocarbons into the facility.

“Although any delay to start-up at this stage is frustrating, the value of a thorough inspection program has been proven and we look forward to completion of the work and the imminent start-up of production.”


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