Skarv FPSO to Commence Production in 2011

The Skarv FPSO, the first of its kind for BP Norway, was named at a ceremony in Geoje in South Korea on November 9th.
The vessel will operate in the Norwegian Sea close to the Arctic Circle, 210 km off the coast of Nordland. It is due to start production at the Skarv oil and gas field in the autumn of 2011.

Rebecca Wiles, Managing Director of BP Norway said, "Today is a very important day for BP as the operator and the Skarv partners as a key milestone has been successfully reached in the development of the field. I am very pleased with the excellent work and high safety performance during the construction of the vessel in the Skarv Project, and at the Samsung yard."

The Skarv FPSO incorporates the latest technological developments that will increase the efficiency of operations. The vessel which is close to 300 m long and 50 m wide ranks as the world's largest gas processing vessel with a capacity of 15 million standard cubic meters of gas and 80,000 barrels of oil per day. Total storage capacity is 875,000 barrels of oil.

Godmother Siri Meling

Godmother Siri Meling, member of the Norwegian Parliament and First Vice Chair of the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment said, "I am honored to be here today and the development and operations of the Skarv field will create significant value for the Norwegian society and generate important ripple effects for the local communities in Nordland County."

The Skarv FPSO will be supported by BP's office in Stavanger, a local office and supply base in Sandnessjøen and helicopter transport from Brønnøysund in Nordland County.

About the Skarv field

  • The field development consists of one large production vessel; a FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel), and five subsea templates with flexibility for new projects
  • The Skarv vessel is about 300 meter long and 50 meter wide
  • Gas export: Via separate 80 km long gas pipeline via the Asgard Transport System to Kårstø, southern Norway
  • Oil export via Skarv FPSO to shuttle tankers at the field
  • The operations and supply base is located in Sandnessjøen, and the helicopter base is in Brønnøysund
  • Licensees: BP Norge (Operator) 23.83%, Statoil 36,16%, E.ON Ruhrgas Norge 28,08 %,Polish oil and gas company PGNiG Norway 11.92%.

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