DNV GL has been awarded another offshore pipelay surveillance contract by Statoil to monitor quality assurance throughout the installation campaign.
Statoil is installing the 480km long Polarled gas pipeline between the Aasta Hansteen field in the Norwegian Sea and the Nyhamna gas processing facility in western Norway. The pipeline will have capacity of 70 million cubic metres per day. The contract is valued at approximately 31 million NOK (US$4 million) and is expected to run until the end of the pipeline installation, 3rd quarter 2015.
“New technologies and continual development of best practise have the potential to contribute positively to the cost reduction efforts necessary to make the industry more robust. Our aim for this project is to contribute to safe cost reductions through ensuring best practice during the installation process to avoid stops and repairs, thus reducing downtime to a minimum during the costly laying process,” says Kjell Eriksson, Regional Manager – Norway, DNV GL Oil & Gas.
“This contract award marks the continuation of a strong collaboration between DNV GL and Statoil’s Pipeline Installation segment. Integrated subsea pipeline installation, field verification and quality surveillance have been a major service field for our Stavanger office since 1997 and this is yet another example of how we contribute with our best experience to assure efficiency and quality throughout the installation process,” continues Eriksson.
DNV GL will complement Statoil’s installation team of pipeline engineers with multi-disciplined surveyors and inspectors to follow-up the quality aspects during welding and Field Joint Coating (FJC) on-board the pipelaying vessel throughout the installation campaign. Both pipelines (Polarled and Edvard Grieg Oil Pipeline (EGOP)) will be installed using Dutch installation contractor Allseas’ lay vessel “Solitaire”.