Eni Norge’s management has decided to keep the Goliat field shut down until “measures are implemented and its platforms can be operated prudently.”
Goliat. Image from Eni Norge.
The decision was handed down following a meeting between Eni Norge and the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway (PSA) today (9 September) regarding Norway’s first Arctic oil field.
According to the PSA, Eni Norge's management decided that the Goliat field will remain shut down until measures are implemented and management and workers agree its platform can be operated prudently.
Eni Norge, the operator, briefed the PSA at the meeting about the work currently under way after the power failure on 26 August, and plans about the full review of the safety position on the facility, the PSA said.
“We are comfortable that the facility remains shut down, and with the answers we’ve received from Eni Norge so far,” Anne Myhrvold, director general of the PSA said.
Eni Norge is expected to brief the PSA about the safety conditions on the platform, before Goliat resumes production.
“We will not speculate about the timing of a restart,” Myhrvold said.
On the evening of 26 August, production was halted at the Goliat FPSO after power was lost. Power returned a few hours later.
Production began in March 2016, however, it was originally scheduled for start-up in Q4 2013. The original plan failed after the project suffered a string of set backs, from weather delays to “increasing complexity” on the production platform, and a bust on its budget.
The 180 MMbo field is the first producing oil field in the Barents Sea and the northernmost producing oilfield. It will produce 100,000 b/d once all 22 of its subsea wells (12 production and seven water and gas injection wells) are on stream. Currently, 17 wells have been completed.
The 360-420m water depth project is based on a powered-from-shore, via subsea cable, cylindrical floating production facility, sitting 85km northwest of Hammerfest, offshore northern Norway. The 107m diameter, 64,000-tonne, 1 MMbo storage capacity Sevan 1000-design FPSO is moored using 14 anchor lines.