facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Statoil closing North Sea platform

Facility produced gas six years longer than planned.
By Daniel J. Graeber   |   Sept. 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM   |   Comments

http://cdnph.upi.com/sv/em/upi/UPI-2841409748134/2014/1/982a2bbf568e53508b9779a83973a851/Statoil-closing-North-Sea-platform.jpg
STAVANGER, Norway, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Norwegian energy company Statoil said its Huldra platform, its first gravity-based system in the North Sea, is shutting down six years later than planned.

Gravity-based platforms are deployed typically in deep waters, where they float in place. Hudra is Statoil's first and it's closing down more than six years after initially planned.

The company said "in its golden days" the facility was producing more than 380 million cubic feet of natural gas from the North Sea.

"The project has considered the possibility of reusing the platform instead of scrapping it, and the platform was therefore put up for sale in 2011," the company said in a statement. "The project is still actively seeking a solution of reuse."

The platform will be maintained until another drilling rig, West Epsilon, arrives in 2016 to start shutting off undersea infrastructure.

"The field will not be fully decommissioned before 2019 and no later than 2021," Statoil said.

Norway is the largest oil and natural gas producer in Europe.

Follow @dan_graeber and @UPI on Twitter.
Contact the Author
© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Scotland was tricked, 'yes' backers say Scotland was tricked, 'yes' backers say
2
Greenpeace puts more pressure on LEGO Greenpeace puts more pressure on LEGO
3
Iraq relying on oil wealth from Basra Iraq relying on oil wealth from Basra
4
Slovakia sees Russian gas volumes drop Slovakia sees Russian gas volumes drop
5
Ground broken on Azeri gas pipeline for Europe Ground broken on Azeri gas pipeline for Europe
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback