StatoilHydro has secured consent to use the mobile facility Maersk Inspirer for simultaneous drilling and production, as well as use of Navion Saga on the Volve field.
In April 2005, the Plan for development and operation (PDO) for Volve was approved by the Crown Prince Regent in Council.
The Volve oil field is located about 200 km west of Stavanger, in an area where there are several gas and condensate fields. None of these fields have an infrastructure that would make it practical to phase in Volve, and Volve was therefore planned as a stand-alone development.
The development concept for Volve entails the use of a jack-up drilling and production facility (Maersk Inspirer) and a storage facility (Navion Saga) to store stabilized oil.
Our consent relates to use of the Maersk Inspirer for simultaneous drilling and production, as well as use of the Navion Saga for storage.
The Maersk Inspirer has previously received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) as a mobile drilling facility, and in January 2008 the facility received an AoC for use as a production facility.
The Navion Saga storage ship is defined as a mobile facility and is thus governed by Section 3 of the Activities Regulations.
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