OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has approved various plans for manned underwater operations on Norwegian fields this year.
Statoil has signed framework agreements with TechnipFMC and Subsea 7.
TechnipFMC’s involves use of the diving support vessels (DSV)Deep Arctic and LDC Technip Seahunter, and the nearly completed newbuild DSV Deep Explorer.
Subsea 7’s agreement concerns the DSVsSeven Falcon, Seven Atlantic and Pelican and the light diving craft (LDC) Seven Spray.
The consent applies to tasks connected with the repair of corrosion damage to caissons at the Oseberg field (to be undertaken by the LDCSeven Spray), and to other operational and project activities.
These may include pipelines extending across foreign continental shelves but under Norwegian jurisdiction, and emergency repair response for underwater installations and pipelines.
Point Resources has signed a separate agreement with Subsea 7 for underwater activities at the Balder, Jotun and Ringhorne fields, formerly operated by ExxonMobil, and has the PSA’s consent for use of the DSV Seven Atlantic to undertake these activities.