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Total delays Martin Linge offshore Norway project after accident

Total delays Martin Linge offshore Norway project after accident

Jul 06, 2017
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Total said it has delayed the production start-up of its offshore Norway project Martin Linge by another year to early 2019 following an accident at a South Korean shipyard in May where related construction work was being carried out.

A crane collapsed at Samsung Heavy Industries' Geoje shipyard facility on May 1, injuring 20 and killing 6 workers. The Geoje yard, Samsung's largest facility, produces high-end ships like LNG carriers, FPSOs and ULCVs. 

The French oil major had construction work being done at the shipyard for three major projects; Martin Linge (Norway), Egina (Nigeria), Ichthys (Australia).

The Norwegian project will see the biggest impact for Total from the accident, which saw related construction work suspended until June 1. This has delayed the shipping of the Martin Linge modules to Norway, and can now only be done next summer when the installation of the modules and lifting operations can be carried out given weather conditions in the Norwegian North Sea, Total said.

“Given the hook-up and commissioning operations, production start-up has been delayed to first half 2019,” the French company said.  

The Martin Linge oil and gas field is located in the North Sea approximately 180 kilometres west of Bergen, Norway, where Total has two Norwegian partners - Statoil and Petoro.

Total said works on the Egina FPSO resumed following a two-week suspension and the impact on the project, which is expected to start up in second half 2018, will be limited.

The Egina development is located on deep offshore Block OML 130 approximately 150 kilometers off the Nigerian coast. Total is the operator of the project with partners being CNOOC, Petrobras and Sapetro. 

Meanwhile,the CPF (Central Processing Facilities) for the Ichthys project, operated by Inpex, had already departed the Geoje yard several days before the accident and is now installed on the field in offshore Australia, Total said.

The start-up of Ichthys, in which Total holds 30 per cent alongside Inpex (62.245 per ecnt), has therefore not been impacted by the accident and is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.

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