Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has granted conditional approval to Italy-based Eni Norge to use its Goliat floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit and associated facilities on the Goliat field.

The offshore oilfield is located in the Norwegian sector of the Barents Sea.

The approval has been given on the basis of documentation submitted in connection with the application by Eni describing that various activities remaining before the facility can be put into use.

Supporting the description, Statoil said it is planning a verification in order to assess whether Goliat is ready to begin production.

The consent has been given provided that activities outlined by Eni are completed for both pre and post-production.

"Before putting Goliat FPSO into operation, Eni has to provide the PSA with written confirmation that the facility is ready for start-up."

The conditions also require that Statoil’s verifications are performed and followed up in the production licence, and that the authority receives a final decision from Statoil.

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Before putting Goliat FPSO into operation, Eni has to provide the PSA with written confirmation that the facility is ready for start-up.

Goliat belongs to production licence 229, which is owned by Eni Norge with 65% interest and Statoil Petroleum with a 35% interest. Oil was discovered at the field in 2000.

Goliat is around 50km south-east of the Snøhvit field in water depths of 360m-420m.

The field has been developed using a circular FPSO, and eight subsea templates with a total of 32 well slots.

Image: Hook-up and commissioning of the Goliat FPSO in the Barents Sea. Photo: courtesy of Marius Fiskum.