More trouble for ‘Goliat’ platform

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Norwegian petroleum authorities have signaled another security inspection of the long-troubled Goliat platform in the Barents Sea, around 90 kilometers northwest of Hammerfest. It was shut down again this week, for the fifth time since it was put in place just last year.

Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported this week that more trouble was discovered on December 26 involving a hose carrying oil from the platform to oil tankers. Goliat is a so-called FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offsloading) vessel built in South Korea that was finally hauled into position two years behind schedule. Since then problems have continued on the platform that’s 65 percent-owned by Italian oil company Eni and 35 percent by Norway’s Statoil.

“After Goliat FPSO was put into use on the field there have been several unwanted incidents,” Øyvind Midttun of the state regulatory agency Petroleumstilsynet told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). “Eni has acknowledged the need for better risk management.” staff