Veslefrikk B ready to go

August 13, 1999, 01:10 CEST

The Veslefrikk B production floater will leave the outfitting quay at Aker Stord yard south of Bergen on 15 August after a 74-day refit.

Work on upgrading the Statoil semi-submersible's hull, in part to accept condensate from the group's nearby Huldra field in the North Sea, has taken 12 days longer than planned. Almost 4,000 people were involved in the project.

The actual departure of the platform from Stord will start on 17 August after inclination tests at sea have been completed.

Sailing time to the field is put at one day, according to project manager Tore Bech at Statoil.

Once arrived, the floater will be moored and re-connected by gangway and hoses to the Veslefrikk A wellhead platform.

Production is set to resume on 29 August after a 97-day shutdown which began on 25 May. Daily output from the field is roughly 50,000 barrels of oil and gas.