May 2, 2019 / 7:56 AM / 2 months ago

Equinor to shut its ageing Statfjord A platform in 2022

OSLO, May 2 (Reuters) - Equinor will shut down production at its ageing Statfjord A platform in the North Sea in 2022, the Norwegian oil and gas company said on Thursday.

One of the oldest platforms on the Norwegian continental shelf, Statfjord A was originally scheduled to be decommissioned in 1999, but its lifespan was extended several times.

Equinor awarded Excalibur Marine Contractors, an Allseas group company, a contract for the platform’s removal and disposal, the oil firm said in a statement.

It did not provide a contract value.

The heavy lifting vessel Pioneering Spirit is expected to lift the platform’s 48,000-tonne topside from its concrete legs and transport it for dismantling at Kvaerner’s Stord yard in Norway.

The two other platforms at the Statfjord field, Statfjord B from 1982 and Statfjord C from 1985, will remain in operation at least until 2025, Equinor added. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis, editing by Terje Solsvik)

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