First Production At Arctic Offshore Goliat Field

Published at 09:55AM - 14/03/16

First production at Arctic offshore Goliat Field from the world’s largest cylindrical FPSO, becoming the first oil field to reach production in the Barents Sea.

Goliat, located 53 miles (85km) offshore Hammerfest Norway, sits in an ice-free region of the Arctic’s Barents sea.

First Production At Arctic Offshore Goliat Field

The field is serviced by a cylindrical Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO), The Goliat, which operators ENI claim to be the largest and most advanced in the world.

The Goliat field has estimated reserves of around 180 million barrels of oil, and is expected to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day once at full production.

Delays And Safety Breaches

The project has been dogged by a string of delays, and endless safety breaches, missing its original production startup in 2013 by around three years.

Most recently the Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) hit operators ENI in February 2016 with non-conformance notches; after finding further ‘serious breaches’, during a follow-up inspection aimed at seeing if the company had rectified failings from previous audits.

The PSA had given ENI until March 4th 2016 to rectify and comply with their orders, which was achieved prior to allowing the FPSO to start production.

Goliat FPSO

The field consists of 22 wells, 12 are oil producing, 7 water injectors and 3 gas injectors. Out of the 22, 17 wells have been completed and are currently being brought on stream.

Goliat has the capacity to store up to 1 million barrels of oil in its structure; and is powered by electricity brought offshore from the Norwegian mainland via a 66 mile (105.5 km) long subsea cable.

The Goliat FPSO

The supply is designed to increase efficiencies over traditional generators, and brings CO2 emissions downy around 50%.