Upgrading NCS Installations

A total of 21 production shutdowns are planned by StatoilHydro on the Norwegian continental shelf during 2009.

This extensive work program aims to achieve safer and more efficient facilities. In addition to required maintenance and inspection, many installations will be upgraded to expand capacity, implement technical improvements and extend their economic life. All this will be accomplished during the planned shutdowns, which are known in oil jargon as turnarounds. Compared with 2008, when 26 shutdowns involved 270,000 work-hours in all, this year’s program involves fewer but larger operations. Some 313,000 hours are due to be worked. Involving the group’s own personnel as well as contractor employees along the whole coast, the turnarounds will be completed by 1 October because of gas delivery commitments and weather.

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