Statoil gains approval to remove emergency response vessel at North Sea field


Statoil has secured approval from the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway to remove the emergency response vessel at Snorre A. 

This field is located in the Tampen area in the North Sea's northern sector. 

The field has been developed using two facilities, with Snorre A in the south of the field, and Snorre B in the north.

Snorre A is a floating tension leg platform (TLP) intended for accommodation, drilling, and processing. The facility began production in 1992.

"The scheme is based on an SAR helicopter and an area response vessel."

Snorre A has always had its own emergency response vessel for fire-fighting. This vessel has also contributed to man-overboard response. 

Statoil sought approval to remove the emergency response vessel at Snorre A.

The firm has an area emergency response scheme in the Tampen area, with Snorre field also being a part of it.

The scheme is involves an SAR helicopter and an area response vessel.

Removing Snorre A's vessel will not impact the area emergency response.

Implementation of passive fire protection and establishment of a MOB boat system at Snorre A will serve as compensatory measures to the vessel removal.