Turnaround on Gullfaks C

May 11, 2001, 16:00 CEST

The Gullfaks C platform operated by Statoil in the North Sea is shutting down production today, 11 May, for a 14-day turnaround.

A total of 51,000 hours are due to be worked during this period, including 25,000 relating to phase II of the Gullfaks satellites project.

These activities will involve 630 people, compared with the 150-200 personnel on the platform during normal operation. The Safe Britannia flotel will be tied to Gullfaks C by a gangway to provide berths for 300 of this workforce.

The main job for the satellite project is to hook up two gas processing modules with existing systems. New equipment will also be function-tested and delivered to operations, reports turnaround coordinator Svein Kjøs.

Tasks relating to operations include corrective maintenance, inspection, tank maintenance and replacement of corroded piping, he says.

This is the final shutdown in a series of four relating to completion of the phase II project.

Gullfaks C produces about 170 000 barrels of oil per day, with roughly half of this volume coming from the Tordis satellite operated by Norsk Hydro.