Safety body allows Eni to use flotel on Goliat field

Eni Norge, a Norwegian subsidiary of Italian oil company Eni, has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) to use the Floatel Endurance flotel on the Goliat field off Norway. 

Floatel Endurance; Image by: Kees Torn; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 license

Goliat is an oil field in the Barents Sea, around 85 kilometers northwest of Hammerfest. The field has been developed using a cylindrical FPSO. The wells are drilled from subsea templates which are tied back to the FPSO. Production at the field began in March 2016.

The PSA said on Thursday that, due to the work on the Goliat field, Eni required more cabin capacity and has applied for consent to use the Floatel Endurance mobile accommodation unit.

The offshore safety body gave Eni Norge consent to use the flotel on the Goliat field.

The PSA added that the Floatel Endurance would be dynamically positioned and linked to the Goliat FPSO by a telescopic footbridge.

According to the safety watchdog, the consent applies for the period from August 20 to November 5, 2018.

Floatel Endurance is a semi-submersible accommodation flotel delivered by the Keppel FELS yard in Singapore in 2015. It is owned and will be operated by Floatel International AB of Sweden. The facility was issued with an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) by the PSA in 2016.