STAVANGER -- Statoil plans turnarounds this year at numerous major production complexes in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea.
Aside from routine maintenance and inspection, the chief aims of the various programs are structural modifications to extend the lives of the offshore installations, and improved recovery of resources in Statoil’s mature fields. The company points out that the resultant halt in production and income loss should be offset by increased production and earnings over the long term.
Turnarounds will be performed in the North Sea at Sleipner A, B, and T; at Snorre A and B; Troll A, B, and C; and Kvitebjorn. In the Norwegian Sea, the designated installations are on Norne, Aasgard B, Kristion, Njord, and Heidrun.
Statoil is also looking to make improvements to allow it to expand the interval between turnarounds.
The work is to be carried out in a limited period of time, which sets high requirements on planning and work preparations by Statoil and the supplier.