Statoil, Gassco and ExxonMobil have received consent for manned underwater operations in 2016, from the Petroleum Saftey Authority (PSA) of Norway. The services are to be supplied by Technip and Subsea 7.
Image from Statoil.
The consent is for operations for a one-year period. Statoil has signed framework agreements with the companies Technip Norge and Subsea 7 Norway for the provision of such services to the three companies.
The consent applies to manned underwater operations down to 180m and covers both planned and undefined operational and project tasks, as well as emergency repairs.
The PSA is to be informed in advance when the individual planned tasks are to commence. Before potential operational and project tasks or activities linked to emergency repairs begin, the companies must provide the PSA with supplementary information about the specific activities.
Technip will be using DSV Skandi Arctic and DSV Wellservicer, and the light diving craft LDC Technip Seahunter. Subsea 7 will be using DSV Seven Falcon, DSV Seven Atlantic, DSV Seven Pelican and LDC Seven Spray.
Statoil has applied for consent for its own activities and on behalf of Gassco. In addition, ExxonMobil has submitted its own application as a supplement to Statoil's. The PSA has given consent to each of the companies to emphasize that the individual company is responsible for ensuring that the premises of the consent are adhered to, and that the activities are prudent and comply with the regulations.
For Statoil and Gassco the consent applies from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016, while ExxonMobil's applies from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016, in accordance with the companies' applications.