PSA Norway gives Statoil consent to use Gjoa semi production facility

By Phaedra Friend Troy

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given Statoil consent to use the Gjoa semi and appurtenant facilities on the Gjoa field

Situated in waters measuring between 360 and 380 meters deep, Gjoa is an oil, condensate and natural gas field located in blocks 35/9 and 36/7, about 45 kilometers west of the mouth of the Sognefjord.

Proven in 1989, the field is expected to hold some 40 billion cubic meters of natural gas and 82 million barrels of oil and condensate. 

Currently under development, the field is being developed with five seabed templates tied in to the Gjoa semisubmersible production facility. The Gjoa semi will the first floating facility to receive its power supply from land. 

The Vega satellite is being developed as a subsea tieback to the Gjoa facilities, making this the largest project in the North Sea today. 

The consent applies to use of the Gjoa semi with appurtenant facilities on the Gjoa field. 

Gjoa is expected to come on-line in 2010. Natural gas will be transported via pipeline to the British pipeline Flags, and oil will be transported via subsea pipeline to tie-in with the Troll II pipeline. 

Statoil is the operator of the field during the development phase; then operatorship will be transferred to GDF SUEZ when the field comes on stream. Project partners are Shell, Petoro and RWE Dea.

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