The Snorre field lies in the Tampen area in the northern sector of the North Sea. The field has been developed using two facilities, Snorre A, in the south of the field, and Snorre B, in the north.
Snorre A is a floating tension leg platform (TLP) for accommodation, drilling and processing. The facility began producing in 1992.
To date, Snorre A has had its own emergency response vessel for fire fighting. The vessel has also contributed to MOB (man over board) response.
Statoil has now applied for consent to remove the emergency response vessel at Snorre A. Statoil has an established area emergency response scheme in the Tampen area, of which the Snorre field is a part. The scheme is based on an SAR helicopter and an area response vessel. Area response will not be affected by the removal of Snorre A's vessel.
The implementation of passive fire protection and establishment of a redundant MOB boat system at Snorre A are seen as compensatory measures for the removal.
The PSA has granted Statoil consent for the removal as applied for.
Øyvind Midttun, press contact
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