Goliat belongs to production licence 229. The licensees are Eni Norge AS (65 per cent share) and Statoil Petroleum AS (35 per cent share).
Eni is the field's operator.
Goliat was proven in 2000, and is the first oil field to be developed in the Norwegian section of the Barents Sea.
Goliat is around 50 kilometres south-east of the Snøhvit field. Water depth in the area is 360-420 metres.
Goliat has been developed using a circular FPSO (Sevan 1000), and eight subsea templates with a total of 32 well slots. The well templates are tied back to the FPSO's integrated storage and offloading system.
The consent is granted on the basis of documentation submitted in connection with the application, and explanations provided during the case processing. We refer, among other things, to a letter of 7 January 2016 from Eni and one of 8 January 2016 from Statoil.
In its letter, Eni describes a number of activities remaining before the facility can be put into use and after production has started.
Statoil supports this description, and is planning a verification in order to assess whether Goliat is ready to begin production. The date of this verification depends on the progress in completing the facility and has therefore not been timetabled.
We view it as important that the operator and the partner perform their planned activities as described in the letters, and that good employee participation is ensured, whereby comments from the employees are taken on board. The consent is accordingly granted on the following preconditions:
Eni shall provide the PSA with written confirmation that the facility is ready for start-up before it is put into use.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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