Statfjord A. Photo: Harald Pettersen / Equinor
Statfjord A will be cut up at Stord
Statfjord A will be cut up at Stord after 43 years of service on the Norwegian shelf.
by Elisabeth Seglem / Stavanger Aftenblad
Published 02.05.2019 09:37 / Updated 03.05.2019 12:25
In 2022, production from the Statfjord A platform stops, after 43 years, writes Stavanger Aftenblad .
Now the contract for removal and lifting has been awarded, and the platform deck will be cut up on Stord - where it was built in the 1970s, writes Equinor in a press release Thursday morning.
The contract covering engineering, pre-work, removal and removal is awarded to Excalibur Marine Contractors, a company in the Allseas group. Kværner AS at Stord is subcontractor to Excalibur.
A simple lift
The 48,000-tonne platform deck should be removed from the concrete legs in a single lift of the Allseas vessel Pioneering Spirit.
The vessel has not yet made such heavy lifting. Today, the vessel has a lifting capacity of 48,000 tonnes, as much as Statfjord A platform deck. The lifting capacity must be increased before the lift is carried out.
NOK 1500 billion
Statfjord A is one of the oldest platforms on the Norwegian shelf. Originally, the plan was to close Statfjord A in 1999, but since then the platform has received major upgrades and its lifetime has been extended several times. Since the start of November 24, 1979, the Statfjord field has produced more than five billion barrels of oil and gas at a total value of more than NOK 1 500 billion.
- Statfjord A has meant a lot to many. The platform has created enormous values, many jobs and a proud history. Closing production and removing the installation is part of the lifecycle of a platform, and we want to make sure that it is done in a safe and secure manner while preserving personnel and expertise in a late phase, says Hege Flatheim, who is Statfjord’s production director. in the press release.
The oil drilling platform Statfjord A is towed to the field in the North Sea in 1977. In 2022 production will be stopped. Stock Photo: NTB scanpix