Heerema Lands Visund Job

Statoil has awarded a contract worth NOK 40 million for the Visund gas project in the North Sea to Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland BV. This job covers transport and lifting of the M01 gas compression module and the M02 gas export module onto the existing Visund platform. The gas project aims to provide the field with the equipment and facilities required to export up to 15 million cubic meters of gas per day. It will also help to ensure increased capacity for gas injection, allowing more oil to be recovered from the reservoir.

Maximum lift weights are 800 tons for M01 and 350 tons for M02. The two modules are due to be installed between May 1 - June 15, 2005. Visund is scheduled to start delivering gas from October 1, 2005 via the Troll gas processing facility at Kollsnes near Bergen. Gas from Statoil's Kvitebjørn project is also due to start flowing to Kollsnes on October 1, 2004, which will help to improve capacity utilization at the plant. Heavier components in the rich gas, such as propane, butanes and naphtha, will be stripped out and piped in the Vestprosess line to the Mongstad refinery further north for fractionation. Visund lies in blocks 34/7 and 34/8 in the Tampen area of the northern North Sea, 120 kilometers west of Florø. Located 27 kilometers northeast of Gullfaks, the field platform comprises a floating production, drilling and quarters unit.