Aasta Hansteen - a Pioneer in Norwegian Deep Water

January 9, 2013

Statoil and the Aasta Hansteen partners have submitted the plan for development and operation of the field to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

This represents a step forward in the development of the petroleum activities in the Norwegian Sea. Polarled is previously known as the Norwegian Sea Gas Infrastructure.

The Aasta Hansteen field will be run from Harstad, Statoil's new Operations North organisation, reports Statoil.com.

The planned field development includes a SPAR platform, which will be the first such installation on the Norwegian continental shelf. SPAR is a floating installation consisting of a vertical column moored to the seabed. The installation features conventional topsides with processing facilities.
The risers transporting the gas from the seabed to the platform and further to Polarled will be pure steel which will be first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The hull will be fitted with storage for condensate. The condensate will be loaded to shuttle tankers at the field. The field is located outside established infrastructure in 1300 meters of water.

The investments in the Aasta Hansteen development are estimated at NOK 32 billion (at money of the day).

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