Snorre undergoes major life extension program

The modification program on the Snorre field is the most extensive on the Norwegian shelf, according to operator Statoil.

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STAVANGER -- The modification program on the Snorre field is the most extensive on the Norwegian shelf, according to operator Statoil.

During 2009-10, the Snorre license partners expect to commit capital expenditure of NOK5 billion ($867 million) to this exercise, over half of this taken up by health and safety and environmental measures. The main purpose is to extend the field’s productive life-span through 2040.

Recently approved activity includes a three-year NOK 450 million ($78 million) project to replace the Snorre platform’s fire and gas alarm system. The main contract for this upgrade has been awarded to Sorco.

According to Statoil’s Torstein Hole, senior VP for Operations West in E&P Norway: “We will get a completely revamped system with a much improved coverage compared to the current one…While the platform is in full operation, and the current warning system is operative, some 1,700 detectors will be removed and 2,000 new ones installed. 36 km [22 mi] of cable will be taken out and 47 km [29 mi] of new cables installed.”

Next summer the accommodation flotel Safe Scandinavia will moor alongside Snorre A, increasing the crew’s sleeping capacity and allowing the partners to conduct further projects and maintenance. During this period, Snorre’s living quarters will be upgraded, with more one-man cabins put in and noise reduction measures implemented.

12/30/2009

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