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Statoil, ExxonMobil and Gassco have been granted consent to conduct manned underwater operations during the period 1 January – 31 December 2012.

Statoil has chosen to take out an additional two-year option on the existing contract for diving services with Technip Norge AS. According to a cooperation agreement, ExxonMobil and Gassco could also be potential users of this contract.

The manned underwater operations will be conducted from DSV Skandi Arctic as primary vessel and DSV Wellservicer as secondary vessel, as well as the light diving vessel LDC Technip Sea Hunter.  

The consent applies to manned underwater operations down to water depths of 180 metres, and comprises defined and undefined operational and project tasks, as well as repair standby. 

The defined tasks are work which Statoil will perform on Glitne during the spring of 2012. It relates to connection of underwater wells to the FPSO Petrojarl 1. The water depth at the site is 110 metres, and the work is assumed to last for five days.  

Gassco has not identified any need for separate scheduled manned underwater operations relating to this consent, but may require repair work on pipelines that the company owns. 

The consent also applies to undefined operational and project assignments which may be required during the period for the companies' production licenses, as well as pipeline systems. This also includes pipelines on a foreign shelf covered by Norwegian jurisdiction. The Petroleum Safety Authority will be informed in advance should such need arise. 

The consent also includes any surface-supplied diving operations which may be required during the period. Also in these cases the Petroleum Safety Authority will be informed in advance.


Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77