Ormen Lange subsea facility connected to landfall plantNews // October 10, 2006
The subsea facility for Ormen Lange has been connected.
The subsea facility on the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea was on connected up to the pipelines that will transport the gas to the landfall plant in Nyhamna, Møre og Romsdal, late last week.
The connection marks the end of season's work to complete the subsea facility and associated pipelines before the Ormen Lange field comes on stream in October 2007.
"Another important milestone has been reached on the Ormen Lange project. The job was expertly completed with the help of Saipem's (Solstad's) construction vessel Normand Cutter. The task was a close collaboration between equipment supplier FMC and installation contractor Saipem," said project director for the Ormen Lange development, Tom Røtjer.
The pipelines between the subsea installations on the Ormen Lange field have now been connected and everything prepared enabling West Navigator to continue drilling.
"We are very pleased to have completed the link-up as planned. This means that a considerable offshore challenge has now been met and all is ready for West Navigator and the further tasks to be undertaken in the spring," explained Røtjer.
Great depths, an uneven seabed and strong currents, combined with sub-zero temperatures, extreme wind conditions and enormous waves have all made Ormen Lange a complicated and challenging project in both the planning and implementation phases.
"The connection job was especially challenging because all the equipment used was newly developed and custom made. But we succeeded mainly owing to the extensive testing of equipment we carried out together with FMC ahead of the operations. In addition the cooperation on design, fabrication, and the preparations in general between Hydro, FMC and Saipem, have each been important success factors," said Røtjer.
Some mapping and gravel dumping work will continue throughout the autumn.