Norway-based Det norske has announced the completion of topside installation on the Ivar Aasen field at UtsiraHight.
The field is situated west of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea and contains approximately 204 million barrels of oil equivalents.
Around 15,000t was lifted onto the jacket and first oil from is expected in December 2016.
Ivar Aasen project vice-president Bård Atle Hovd said: “It is always a relief when such a critical operation is finished.
“We are now entering the final phase of the project to prepare the platform for first oil in December. We are on the home stretch of a project that we have implemented as planned.”
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The topside's main part was built in Singapore and transport began on 6 June. Living quarters were lifted onto the deck and built at Stord.
Cosco and Saipem lifted all the modules in place with the Saipem 7000 crane vessel, and Aibel completed contract of the platform to start of production.
Hovd further added: “This is the first major development project for Det norske as operator. It is important for me to emphasise that we reach our goals by working as one team with one goal.”
The Ivar Aasen development compromises resources in PL 001B, 028B, 242, 338 and 547 fields.
Det norske operates the development with 34.7862% stake. Other partners are Statoil Petroleum (41.4730%), Bayergas Norge (12.3173%), Wintershall Norge (6.4651%), VNG Norge (3.0230%), Lundin Norway (1.3850%), OMV Norge (0.5540%).
Image: The Ivar Aasen field is situated west of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. Photo: courtesy of Det norske oljeselskap.