Good news today for Aker BP as the PSA said on Wednesday that they gave Aker BP the okay to transfer the control room functions for the Ivar Aasen field onshore.
According to the safety body, the transfer conforms with the plan for development and operation (PDO), which in turn was authorized in 2013. This states that the field needs to be capable of being controlled from a central control room ashore.
The Ivar Aasen field has been controlled from the control room on the offshore platform, but the plan is for the onshore control room to take over during the fourth quarter of 2018.
The PSA also carried out an audit of the control room solution back in August and announced the results of the probe in October.
Ivar Aasen Control Room
Discovered in 2008, the Ivar Aasen field is situated in the northern part of the North Sea, about 175 km west of Karmøy. The water depth is about 110 meters. It consists of around 186 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
The field began oil production on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016, four years after the PDO was sent to Norwegian authorities.
It was created as a stand-alone platform for partial processing and water conditioning and injection, with the transfer of the multiphase hydrocarbon mixture through two pipelines to the neighboring Edvard Grieg field for final processing and export.
The economic life of the Ivar Aasen field may be 20 years, depending on oil prices and production development.
The partners in the field are Aker BP with a 34.7862% interest, Equinor with a 41.4730%, Bayerngas Norway with a 12.3173%, Wintershall Norway with a 6.4651%, VNG Norge with a 3.0230%, Lundin Norway with a 1.3850%, and Okea with a 0.5540% interest.
Thanks to Aker BP for the update and the image. Aker BP are certainly one of the main operators to watch in the next couple of years as they are taking new technology to the next level.