Gjoa Platform Starts Journey to North Sea

The Gjoa semisubmersible platform has left the Aker Solutions yard in Stord and is on its way to the North Sea where installation will take place. Aker Solutions designed, engineered and assembled the platform, which will connect to five subsea templates. The platform will have a topside weight of 24,251 tons (22,000 tonnes), and a hull dry weight of 16,535 tons (15,000 tonnes). The Gjoa deck measures 361 feet (110 meters) long and 279 feet (85 meters) wide, with a 469-feet (143-meter) long flare tower. Production from the field is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010. Gjoa is located on Blocks 35/9 and 36/7 in the Norwegian North Sea, 28 miles (45 kilometers) offshore Norway in water depths of 1,181 feet (360 meters). Two companies will operate Gjoa at different stages. Statoil is serving as the operator for the project through field development, and Gaz de France will be Gjoa's operator during the production phase.

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