The voyage of the Goliat FPSO from Korea to Norway-VIDEO
On 14 February 2015 the floating platform FPSO (Floating and Production Storage Offloading Unit) destined to operate at the Goliat oilfield in the Barents Sea left from its construction yard in Ulsan in Korea on board the Dockwise Vanguard, a semi-submergible vessel and the only one of its kind in the world.
The Sevan 1000-type FPSO is the largest and most sophisticated cylindrical production and storage plant in the world and has been constructed using the most advanced technology to meet the technical-environmental challenges of operating in Arctic conditions.
The voyage, which will last around 60 days, will take the platform to Hammerfest, the operating base in the north of Norway, at the beginning of April.
Goliat, operated by Eni with a 65% stake, is the world’s northernmost offshore oilfield. Discovered in 2000 and situated in the Barents Sea at a depth of 370 metres, for Eni it is one of the most significant production start-ups of 2015.
The Goliat FPSO is built and equipped to meet high standards linked to in-built safety and a healthy working environment adapted to the climatic conditions in the Barents Sea.
Goliat is the first oil field to be developed in the Barents Sea, and thus sets the industry standard as activity migrates ever further north.
Together with our partner Statoil, Eni has chosen to develop the field using Sevan Marine’s floating, cylindrical production facility – the Sevan 1000 FPSO.
This platform concept was judged to be the best following a design tender competition for the Goliat FPSO contract. It was also decided to select Sevan as supplier of the Goliat project’s future detailed design phase linked to the FPSO contract.
Specially-tailored to the Arctic climate
The Sevan 1000 concept is designed for operations under the challenging conditions encountered in the Barents Sea and introduces new winterisation systems, among other things. It is also equipped to meet the strict environmental requirements stipulated for operations in the Barents Sea.
New concept ensures safer buoy-loading
A new concept for off-loading from the Goliat FPSO and loading onto shuttle tankers has been developed, making it possible to carry out operations around the entire circumference of the platform.