Norwegian operator Det norske announced that the platform deck for its Ivar Aasen offshore oil and gas project is now en route to Norway.
The installation left the Sembawang yard in Singapore on Monday.
“When the platform deck arrives in Norway, a significant amount of work remains to be done on the field. This is something we are looking forward to”, Ivar Aasen Project Vice-President Bård Atle Hovd, said.
Ivar Aasen Offshore Platform Sets Sail
The platform deck, which will be lifted in place on the field in July, is being shipped the long haul to the Utsira Height in the North Sea by the Cosco vessel the Xiang Rui Kou.
After arrival, the platform deck will be lifted onto the jacket, while the living quarters, built at Stord, will be lifted into place on the main module currently in transit, the company informed in a statement.
With the infrastructure already on its way, it is likely that Det norske will reach the goal of starting up production on December 1. “It is always satisfactory to pass new milestones in such a large project, particularly when we are on track to reaching our set goals”, the VP added.
Ivar Aasen Progressing According To Schedule
The Ivar Aasen deck is 108 metres (354 feet) long and 38 metres (124 feet) wide and has systems for the separation of oil and water, water treatment, gas compression, chemical injection and a flare boom.
The Ivar Aasen field is Det norske’s first major development as an operator, where the firm holds a 34.8% stake. It contains approximately 204 million barrels of oil equivalent, including the Hanz deposit, and could remain in production for twenty years.
Around 2,300 people from 35 different countries have been working on the project in Singapore, for a total of nearly 15 million working hours.