Saipem Wins Kvitebjorn Contract

A contract worth roughly NOK 100 million to connect pipelines for Statoil's Kvitebjorn development in the North Sea has been awarded by the group to Saipem UK. This job embraces the tie-in of risers from the field platform to the Kvitebjorn gas and oil pipelines, and tie-in of the latter to Troll Oil Pipeline II in 330 meters of water.

Work is due to be done in the summer of 2004 with the aid of remotely-operated tools which eliminate the need for divers, says pipeline manager Jostein Breivik in the Kvitebjorn project.

The Kvitebjorn Oil Pipeline runs for 90 kilometers from the platform to Troll Oil Pipeline II, which terminates in turn at Statoil's Mongstad crude oil terminal north of Bergen.

The gas pipeline runs for 150 kilometers and will also carry output from the Visund field to the Troll Gas processing facilities at Kollsnes near Bergen.

With its production platform installed in 191 meters of water, Kvitebjorn is due to start delivering gas on October 1, 2004.