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    Berge Hugin to boost Pierce output

    Vessel & ROV News // March 6, 2000
    A 30 per cent capacity increase is being implemented on the Berge Hugin production ship, which has been producing oil from the UK's Pierce field in the North Sea since 1 February 1999.

    Modifications to the processing equipment will allow daily output from the vessel, part owned by Norway's Navion group, to increase from current peak daily production of 50,000 barrels to above 65,000 barrels.

    Berge Hugin had produced just over 10 million barrels by early December last year, since bringing Pierce on stream.

    Initiated last month and due to be finished during March, the work follows an upgrading of oil reserves in Pierce by the field operator Enterprise Oil in early 1999 and continued good field performance throughout the whole year.

    Pierce Production Company (PPC) of Aberdeen is the duty holder and responsible for oil production on behalf of the operator. PPC is owned by Navion, Bergesen, and Advanced Production Systems (APS). The last of these is owned 50-50 by Aker Maritime and Statoil.

    The contract between Enterprise and PPC runs for five firm years with options to extend to the duration of the field's life. In addition, Navion transport the oil ashore on behalf of all field owners under a frame shipping agreement with Enterprise.

    Being performed by Aker Oil and Gas in Aberdeen, the modifications to Berge Hugin primarily involve a number of new valves and piping systems to increase gas handling capacity.

    A 10-day production shutdown will be required.

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