Pipeline Installation Completed at Kvitebjorn

Laying of the Kvitebjorn oil and gas pipelines has been completed with the final section of the gas line put in place at the North Sea field's platform on June 17th.

This transport facility runs for 150 kilometers to the Troll gas processing plant at Kollsnes near Bergen. Installation began at shore on May 15th and was completed on schedule. Work on laying the 90-kilometer oil pipeline started on April 19th and finished on May 11th. It is tied into the Troll Oil Pipeline II, which runs to Mongstad north of Bergen. The average daily laying rate was 6.8 kilometers for the oil line and 4.9 kilometers for the larger-diameter gas line.

This does not include waiting on weather, reports Jostein Breivik, project manager for Kvitebjorn pipelaying at operator Statoil.

The work has been done by Dutch company Allseas Marine Contractors, using its Solitaire laybarge. "We're very satisfied with the job, and everything has gone according to schedule," says Mr. Breivik, and applauds the good quality of the initial planning.

The pipelines will be tied back next spring to the platform, once the latter has been completed and readied to come on stream. Kvitebjorn is scheduled to start gas deliveries on October 1, 2004.