STAVANGER, Norway --The Saipem 7000 has completed installation of the new subsea separation structure for Statoil's Tordis field in the Norwegian North Sea.
A fatality occurred when a crew member fell overboard while the installation was in progress. But at this point, said Statoil's Rune Femsteinevik, the structure was 180 m (590 ft) under water, and could not be retrieved to the deck without further risk to the vessel or its crew.
Norway's Petroleum Saefty Authority is investigating the incident. In the meantime, marine operations on Tordis will continue as planned, with the separator tieback to Statoil's Gullfaks C platform via pipelines and undersea cables. Subsea separation should start this fall, and should lead to the recovery of an extra 35 MMbbl of oil from Tordis.
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