The contract is for preliminary engineering and has a value of around NOK 130 million, including options. It also contains an option for detail engineering.
"Karsto will be upgraded and expanded in coming years," says Arnulf Ostensen, vice president for technical operations at Gassco. "As well as receiving gas from new fields, parts of the existing facility need to be improved."
Karsto is a hub for oil and gas production from 30 larger and smaller fields in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea. The oldest part of the plant began operating in 1985.
"After 20 years of operation, an upgrade is needed. Karsto is to remain a reliable facility with high regularity in the future," says Knut Barland, vice president for processing and transport in the Natural Gas business area in Statoil. "That's why it's important to carry out this work that is now commencing."
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