Fossil Energy – Decommissioning
Norwegian oil and gas giant Equinor has received consent from the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) for the decommissioning of the platforms on the Veslefrikk field in the North Sea.
PSA said that Equinor applied to the PSA for consent for the disposal of the facilities on the Veslefrikk field and that it was now awarded.
Under Norway’s Petroleum Act, the developer of a field must pay for and carry out full or partial removal of facilities and equipment after the production period has ended.
The PSA added that the removal work must take place under HSE regulations for the petroleum activities and based on considerations including consent and decommissioning plans.
Veslefrikk was discovered in 1981 and is developed with two facilities – Veslefrikk A and Veslefrikk B.
The field is located in the northern part of the North Sea, 18.5 miles north of the Oseberg field. The water depth is 600 feet.
Veslefrikk A is a fixed steel wellhead facility with a bridge connection to a semi-submersible facility for processing and accommodation – Veslefrikk B.