Giant Barents Sea Field Remains Shut on Power Outage

Published at 08:22AM - 30/08/16

Oil production from the giant Barents Sea field Goliat has yet to resume following a power outage and production shutdown last Friday.

The Norwegian offshore safety watchdog Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has called for a meeting with project partners Eni Norge and Statoil to discuss the way forward.

“We order Eni to identify and implement necessary measures following the incident of 27 August 2016 in order to achieve compliance with health, safety and environmental legislation. A plan for the work of identifying and implementing measures is to be presented to the PSA by 5 September 2016,” PSA Norway said.

Giant Barents Sea Field Remains Shut on Power Outage

“Once the investigation has been completed, Eni is to present a binding, time-delimited schedule with deadlines for implementing corrective measures following the incident and a description of any compensatory measures to be deployed until the non-conformity has been rectified,” the statement adds.

According to PSA, comments on this notification by the field licensees must be received by noon today.

Giant Barents Sea Field Remains Shut on Power Outage
Eni Norge-operated Goliat FPSO

A similar accident had already happened on board the Goliat FPSO earlier in May. At the time, Eni Norge had been given until September 5 to come up with a plan.

The field located 52.8 miles northwest of Hammerfest is supplied with hydro-generated electricity from the mainland through a subsea cable.

Staff Evacuated from Goliat FPSO

The Goliat FPSO lost all power from shore 26.08.2016 at 22:30, and the production was stopped. In accordance with standard procedure, the decision was made to send non-essential personnel to shore,” ENI Norge said in a statement last week.

Meanwhile, non-essential staff was sent to Hammerfest by helicopter and all relevant authorities have been notified.

“When the power returned a few hours later, the evacuation was stopped, and the situation normalised,” it added.

Goliat started production in March 2016 following a series of delays, running two years behind in schedule and 20% over budget.

The field is key for Norway’s development plans, having brought the country’s production to a five-year high in July.