The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given its consent to Equinor to use the Maersk Intrepid jack-up rig for accommodation on the Martin Linge field offshore Norway.
The Martin Linge field is under development, and Equinor has previously been given consent to use Maersk Intrepid as living quarters in connection with work on the field.
The oil company now received consent to use Maersk Intrepid for accommodation at Martin Linge until August 31, 2020.
Maersk Intrepid is a jack-up drilling rig owned by the Danish drilling contractor Maersk Drilling. The rig was delivered by the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore in 2014.
Maersk Drilling recently announced the rig would undergo a series of upgrades to turn the jack-up into the first hybrid, low-emission rig “and set a new standard for low-emission drilling on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.”
As for the Martin Linge field where the rig is operating, it is a field near the border to the UK sector in the northern part of the North Sea, 42 kilometers west of the Oseberg field. The water depth is 115 meters. Martin Linge was discovered in 1978 and the plan for development and operations (PDO) was approved in 2012.
The development concept is a fully integrated fixed production platform and a floating, storage and offloading unit (FSO) for oil storage.
When the field comes on stream, the gas will be transported through a new pipeline connecting the field to the existing pipeline going to St. Fergus, Scotland. The oil will be processed on the storage vessel and transported from the field in shuttle tankers.
The Martin Linge platform, installed in July 2018, receives shore power via the world’s longest alternating-current sea cable measuring 162 kilometers from the onshore substation at Kollsnes north of Bergen to the platform.
Offshore Energy Today Staff
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