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    Contract awarded for Kvitebjørn hook-up

    News // July 5, 2002
    The Spanish shipyard group Izar Construcciones Naval is to build the barge which will carry the process equipment for the Snøhvit project's gas liquefaction plant at Melkøya in the north of Norway.

    The operator Statoil and its partners in the Snøhvit licence signed a contract with the yard on 28 June. The contract is worth about NOK 170 million.

    The barge - 154m long, has a breadth of 54m and is 9m high - will be built at Izar's yard in Ferrol, Spain. Following completion in August 2003, the barge will be towed to an outfitting yard where about 24,000 tonnes of process equipment for the gas liquefaction plant will be installed.

    The gas liquefaction plant will convert natural gas from the Snøhvit field into liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    Snøhvit will start production in 2006. About 70 cargos of LNG per year will be shipped out from Melkøya.

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    The NOK 124 million job of hooking up and testing systems on the Kvitebjørn platform in the North Sea has been awarded to ABB Offshore Systems by operator Statoil on behalf of the licensees.

    ABB is building the deck and processing facilities for the installation, and project director Bjarne Bakken reports that the additional job was an option in this contract.

    The work is due to be completed by 01 August 2003.

    Plans call for the Kvitebjørn platform jacket to be put in place this September, with the topsides - including the drilling package - being lifted into place next March.

    Kvitebjørn is due to deliver gas from 01 October 2004, the output being piped to the Kollsnes treatment plant operated by Statoil near Bergen.

    Condensate (light oil) from the field will travel by pipeline to the Mongstad refinery in the same area for further processing.

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