Stavanger, Norway -Statoil ASA has resumed oil and gas production on the Njord A platform in the Norwegian North Sea after a reinforcement of the platform structure. Production has been shut down since last summer.
Extensive analyses and inspections in 2013 revealed a need to reinforce the platform’s structure, and the operator made the decision to close production while reinforcements were made.
"We have extended Njord's lifetime by improving recovery on the field, and by finding more oil and gas in the area. The Njord A platform has been with us the entire time, and we want to make sure that the structure can withstand the loads it will be exposed to," said Arve Rennemo, head of Njord operations.
Reinforcing the structure consisted of bracing the primary beams and struts and increasing the length of the secondary beams under the platform. Statoil’s long-range plan is to further bolster the platform to prepare it for future drilling operations and an extended lifetime on the Njord field.
The platform will continue to produce oil and gas until next summer and then will be taken to shore for additional upgrades.