Statoil Awards Troll A Contracts

A contract worth approximately NOK 1.3 billion covering two compressors for the Troll A platform in the North Sea has been awarded by Statoil to ABB Offshore Systems. This engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) job forms part of a program to expand compression capacity on the gas installation. The two 40 megawatt units with associated utilities will run on electricity transmitted from land. Troll A is Norway's only offshore installation to be powered in this way at present.

That ensures zero emissions of environmentally-harmful substances from the platform and the land-based gas treatment plant at Kollsnes north of Bergen. Installing the two compressors will boost daily processing capacity on Troll A from 85 million cubic meters to just over 100 million.

Construction work is due to begin next spring, with the units being installed in the summer of 2004 and ready for operation in the autumn of 2005. Contracts for power cables and electrical motors, and for lifting work, are also due to be awarded in the near future.