New Phase for Snohvit

The Snohvit development being pursued by Statoil on Melkoya island outside Hammerfest in northern Norway entered a new phase on April 1st, with the arrival of the first prefabricated modules.

Five sets of pipe racks sent by sea from Antwerp in Belgium became the first of six similar shipments scheduled to reach the site this spring.

Produced by Fabricom at Hoboken in Belgium, these modules will be used to transport gas through the Snøhvit processing plant.

"The four-day voyage from Antwerp went well," reports Knut Bøvre, the Statoil manager responsible for these shipments.

"We've prepared thoroughly for this transport assignment, and are now gratified to see the first consignment in place on the island."

Italy's Fagioli is responsible for moving the pipe racks from the ship to their intended positions in the processing complex.

This company has mobilized the necessary heavy lifting and transport equipment, with two 600-tonne cranes and a number of specially-built transporters now in place.

The modules are due to be installed on a series of eight-meter-high concrete pillars which have been cast during the past winter.

Measuring 21-42 meters in length, the five pipe racks are nine meters wide and eight high. Each weighs 137-239 tons.

A total of 300 prefabricated modules are due to arrive at Melkoya by ship and barge between now and the summer of 2005.

These components form part of the plant which will process the wellstream from Snohvit in the Barents Sea and cool the gas to a temperature of -163°C, when it liquefies.