Petrojarl I Begins Production at Glitne Field

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA announced that the Petrojarl I FPSO has commenced oil production from the Glitne field, operated by Statoil, in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The Petrojarl I production on the Glitne field is expected to last for approximately 30 months, with an initial peak production of approximately 38,000 to 40,000 barrels of oil per day. PGS will manage the production operations from its Trondheim office and perform shuttling from the field with its shuttle tanker, Petroskald.

The Petrojarl I was built by NKK in Japan in 1986, and the Glitne contract represents the tenth consecutive contract on which this vessel has been deployed in the North Sea over the past 15 years. Prior to its production start-up, the Petrojarl I went through an extensive upgrade at Kvaerner's Rosenberg yard in Stavanger, Norway. The upgrade to the Petrojarl I included a lifetime extension of at least 15 years under Norwegian Shelf conditions, renewal of DnV class, re-certification to comply with the latest Norwegian regulations and extensive upgrades to the vessel's process and control systems, including gas and water injection. The Petrojarl I is also the first FPSO to carry facilities for re-injection of produced water and low-pressure gas driven diesel engines which will minimize any environmental impact.