Statoil has awarded a contract worth NKr100 million to Saipem UK to connect pipelines for the Kvitebjørn development in the North Sea.
The job includes the tie-in of risers from the field platform to the Kvitebjørn gas and oil pipelines and tie-in of the latter to Troll Oil Pipeline II in 330 m of water.
Work will start in the summer of 2004 with the aid of remotely operated tools, which eliminate the need for divers, Jostein Breivik, pipeline manager in the Kvitebjørn project, said.
The Kvitebjørn Oil Pipeline runs for 90 km from the platform to Troll Oil Pipeline II, which terminates in turn at Statoil's Mongstad crude oil terminal north of Bergen.
The gas pipeline runs for 150 km and also will carry output from the Visund field to the Troll gas processing facilities at Kollsnes near Bergen.
With its production platform installed in 191 m of water, Kvitebjørn will start delivering gas on Oct. 1, 2004.
Saipem is to tie pipelines into the Kvitebjørn platform's risers.