Equinor all set to deploy Floatel’s unit at North Sea field

Norwegian offshore safety regulator has given Equinor consent to use one of Floatel’s semi-submersible accommodation and construction support vessels at a North Sea field off Norway.

Floatel Endurance; Source: Floatel International

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway recently reported that it had given Equinor consent to use Floatel Endurance as a flotel on the Grane field until 1 May 2023. This field is located in the central part of the North Sea, just east of the Balder field. The water depth is 128 metres.

Discovered in 1991 with the plan for development and operation (PDO) approved in 2000, the Grane field has been developed with an integrated accommodation, drilling and processing facility with 40 well slots and a steel jacket. The production at the field started in 2003 and the Svalin field is tied back to the Grane platform.

Floatel Endurance is a semi-submersible accommodation vessel built by the Keppel FELS yard in Singapore in 2015 and owned and operated by Floatel International of Sweden. It received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2016.

As previously reported, Floatel Endurance completed the charter for Equinor at the Martin Linge field in late August 2021 and was idle in Skipavika, Norway, until its next charter for Equinor, which was expected to start in March 2022 at the Johan Sverdrup field.