Veslefrikk On Stream Again


Veslefrikk Field - North Sea
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Production on Veslefrikk and Hulda resumed on Sunday, July 10th, after being shut down since July 6th.

The shut-down was due to faults in the launching device for two conventional lifeboats on Veslefrikk. The faults were discovered during planned maintenance work.

"We have now function-tested all four conventional lifeboats on Veslefrikk A and B," says Ingbjørn Refsdal, acting operations vice president for Huldra and Veslefrikk. "That includes launching them into the sea and sailing them."

Veslefrikk will continue to operate with a reduced number of personnel. The number was reduced after faults in a skid boat were discovered when it was to be drop-tested on Veslefrikk B on June 21st, and water entered the skid boat. There were no people on board the boat at the time.

Statoil has established a technical working group to clarify whether this was an isolated fault on the one lifeboat or a construction fault in this type of boat.

Veslefrikk produces about 30,000 barrels of oil per day, and Hulda produces roughly 6 million standard cubic meters of gas per day.

Huldra is an unstaffed platform operated from Veslefrikk B.

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