Restart hits snag at Haewene Brim

The Haewene Brim floating production (FPSO) facliity in the UK North Sea has resumed production after being shut-in just months after starting production following an overhaul. 

The Haewene Brim, which is operated by Bluewater on behalf of Shell, produces the Pierce field, and, since the upgrade and modification program which saw the vessel undergo an extended yard stay in Scotland, the Lundin-operated and 90% owned subsea tieback Brynhild field in the Norwegian North Sea.

Brynhild started production on 25 December, however, the field was shut-in in the middle of January due to a leak identified in the gas injection flexible line and to a damaged connection point between one of the mooring chains and the riser buoy.

Lundin today says the gas injection line has been successfully repaired and the damage to the mooring line connection point has been inspected and the process of rectifying the connection point has commenced.

Production has since re-started with the ramp-up to plateau production expected to continue over the next few weeks.

Drilling on the third well of a four well campaign has also been completed using the Maersk Guardian jackup rig. 

The FPSO's modification and upgrade program, carried out in the Cromarty Firth, Scotland, included upgrading topside heaters and metering systems, installing upgraded subsea control systems, refurbishing a gas turbine and replacing risers.

The Hæwene Brim was converted from a shuttle tanker to an FPSO at the Aker McNulty yard in Newcastle in late 1997-1998, and started operating at the Pierce field early in 1999.

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