Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) has permitted Italy-based Eni to extend use of the Floatel Superior accommodation facility on the Goliat offshore field in the Barents Sea’s Norwegian waters.

Initially, the company received approval on 21 April to use Floatel Superior on the field until 30 September.

The PSA has granted permission to extend Eni’s use of the facility until 30 November, on the basis of an updated project schedule.

"The PSA has granted permission to extend Eni’s use of the facility until 30 November."

Built at the Keppel FELS shipyard in Singapore and completed in March 2010, Floatel Superior is operated by Floatel International AB (FIAB) of Gothenburg.

The facility is classified by DNV GL and received acknowledgement of compliance (AoC) in December 2010.

The Goliat field is being developed using a circular FPSO which includes eight subsea templates with a total of 32 well slots.

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An integrated storage and loading system would be used to tie the subsea templates to the FPSO.

The Goliat field is located 85m north-west of Hammerfest and is 65% owned by Eni Norge and other partners include Statoil Petroleum (35%).