Statoil Gets Okay for Major Modifications at Gullfaks A

Statoil wants to carry out a number of modifications on the facility Gullfaks A (GFA). The objective of the activity is to remove H2S as a production-limiting factor in order to allow full utilization of the facility's existing gas handling capacity. The PSA has given a consent to major modifications pursuant to Section 5, litra e, of the Information Duty Regulations.

The activity entails, among other things, manufacturing of a separator, lifting in and installation on GFA, installation of structural reinforcements, new pipelines, valves, detectors and safety-related equipment.

Handover of the modification to GFA operations is planned for December 2006.