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    Saipem 7000 puts Kvitebjørn deck in place

    Projects and Operations // May 23, 2003
    The deck for Statoil's Kvitebjørn platform was installed on the field in the North Sea on 16 May, notes Statoil.

    The world's largest crane ship, Saipem 7000, lifted the deck onto the platform's steel jacket.

    "A very successful lifting operation in excellent weather conditions," reported Terje Samuelsen, the Kvitebjørn project's representative on board Saipem 7000.

    The deck was initially towed out to the field in early April. Several attempts to install it had to be abandoned due to heavy swell in the sea. Since then it has lain in a fiord south of Bergen awaiting suitable weather.

    The deck weighs about 11,000 tonnes, making this the heaviest lift Statoil has ever carried out offshore. It stands on a 220m tall two-section steel jacket which was also installed by Saipem 7000.

    This is the first time on the Norwegian continental shelf, and the second time on a global basis, that a steel jacket has been installed in this way.

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