Eni Norge has opened a new operations center in Hammerfest as part of its expansion in northern Norway and the Barents Sea.
Eni has been active in the region since the start of the 1990s and is developing the Goliat oil field - the first oil field to be developed in the Barents Sea.
Goliat is due to come on stream next year. Management of the field will be aided by about 60 Eni Norge personnel in Hammerfest. The office will also be responsible for future field developments in the area and has capacity for up to 120 people.
Image: an artists' impression of the Goliat FPSO.
Eni Norge managing director Andrea Forzoni believes strongly that new oil and gas discoveries will be made in the Barents Sea, and that the establishment of an operations centre in Hammerfest is crucial if Eni Norge is to get to grips with the industrial growth anticipated in the region.
He says: "Strategically, northern Norway and the Barents Sea are key areas for Eni Norge."
As well as Goliat, Eni Norge is a stakeholder in 17 licences in the Barents Sea, and operator in ten, including a 30% stake in Johan Castberg field.
The Goliat floating production unit will be the first facility on the Norwegian shelf to be held in place by ropes, says Eni. Read more: http://oedigital.com/component/k2/item/4020-norwegian-fibre-rope-first