The Petroleum Act requires the developer of a field to pay for and to carry out – including full or partial removal of facilities and equipment after the production period has ended. The removal work must take place pursuant to the HSE regulations for the petroleum activities, and on the basis of considerations including consent and decommissioning plans.
Equinor has applied to the PSA for consent to dispose of the Huldra facility. We have now given the company consent for this.
The consent, with reference to Section 25 (4) d of the Management Regulations, is granted on the basis of documentation submitted in connection with the application and with the assumptions and obligations this represents, and on the following conditions:
Equinor AS shall ensure that the work on board the Huldra facility in connection with the removal activity is planned and will be performed in accordance with the Petroleum Act and the Working Environment Act and supporting HSE regulations, including working time requirements, with reference to the Framework Regulations, Section 7 para 2.
See also the letter from the PSA to Equinor below.
Huldra is in the northern North Sea, 16 kilometres west of the Veslefrikk field. The field was proven in 1982, and the plan for development and operation (PDO) was approved in 1999. The field was developed by means of a wellhead platform including a simple process facility, and was remotely controlled from Veslefrikk B.
Production started in 2001 and was terminated in 2014.
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