Statoil announced that the first of the Gina Krog topside modules has already been installed at the field in the North Sea, offshore Stavanger.
The utility module landed on Tuesday morning and the flare boom was installed at the platform later in the day, the company reported on social media.
“Now only the living quarter remains. Once completed the Gina Krog topside will weigh close to 20,000 tonnes,” Statoil said.
VIDEO: Gina Krog Heavy Lift in the North Sea
The module left Apply Leirvik on Sunday and is set to join its sister modules on the Gina Krog field, Statoil informed.
The operation included the heavy lift of the module support frame, weighing nearly 10,000 tonnes.
The Gina Krog is expected to start first production in 2017, Statoil added.
Gina Krog’s first topside modules have been successfully installed at the field
The Gina Krog topside modules’ main support frame, process module and utility module were built by DSME in South Korea, while the living quarters were built by Apply Leirvik at Stord, in Norway.
The Gina Krog field is located approximately 30 kilometres (18.64 miles) northwest of Sleipner.
The plan is to develop the field with a platform resting on the seabed, while the wells will be drilled with a mobile jack-up drilling rig.
The liquid will be transported via a tanker, and the gas via the Sleipner field.
Statoil Advances Key Mature Development
The discovery was originally a minor gas finding north of the Sleipner field, discovered by Statoil in 1974.
However, it was reviewed again in 2008-2011, when it was determined a contact between Gina Krog and another field, confirming substantial volumes of oil under the entire structure.
The development of the field is among Statoil’s major new developments, with estimates of 225 million barrels of oil and gas.
According to the Norwegian company, this “illustrates the importance of exploring and developing in mature areas with established infrastructure. Now we can extend the lifetime and exploit the available capacity on Sleipner for many years to come”.