The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has approved the start-up of the Statoil-operated Edvard Grieg oil pipeline, and the Utsira High gas pipeline (UHGP).
According to NPD, the pipelines will become part of the Edvard Grieg, as well as Ivar Aasen fields’ development on the Utsira High in the North Sea.
The Edvard Grieg field is planned to be put in place towards the end of this year, whereas the start-up of Ivar Aasen, which will use both pipeline systems, is slated for 2016.
The oil transport system has a 43km-long 28in pipeline between the Edvard Grieg platform, and a new Y-connection point, installed on the Grane oil pipeline, located 4km from Grane.
The gas system has a 94km-long 16in pipeline, running from the Edvard Grieg platform to an underwater connection point, called T-connection, on the Beryl pipeline, which is linked to the Scottish Area Gas Evacuation (Sage) pipeline in the UK sector.
The pipeline starts at the Edvard Grieg field, 57km north of Sleipner in the North Sea.
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Gassco took over operatorship of the UHGP, which transports gas to the Sage system, and St Fergus in Scotland.
The Utsira High gas pipeline will export gas from the Norwegian continental shelf to the Sage pipeline system.
The Edvard Grieg oil field was discovered in 2007, and is located 180km west of Stavanger, at a water depth of 109m. It comprises an integrated wellhead, production and accommodation platform, with a jacket foundation.
Image: The Edvard Grieg field will be put in place towards the end of this year, whereas the start-up of Ivar Aasen is slated for 2016. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.