Eni Ships first crude from Kashagan oil field, North Caspian Sea
Subsea World News – Eni said that the first batch of export crude oil has been shipped from the onshore processing plant of the Kashagan oil field in the North Caspian Sea, following the replacement of subsea pipelines.
Italian oilfield services player Saipem won a contract in 2015 to lay two 95 kilometer replacement pipelines that enabled the re-start of the production, which was shut down due to the leaks caused by stress fractures in the oil being pumped.
Production from the oil field, located approximately 80 kilometers southeast of Atyrau, Kazakhstan, is expected to gradually increase up to a first level of 180,000 barrels per day, with a target level of 370,000 barrels per day to be achieved by the end of next year.
Eni holds a 16.81% stake in the consortium for the development of Kashagan.
The other partners in the consortium, represented by the operator NCOC (North Caspian Operating Company) are KazMunayGas (16.88%), ExxonMobil (16.81%), Shell (16.81%), Total (16.81%), CNPC (8.33%) and Inpex (7.56%).
With oil production from the Eni-operated Goliat field in the Barents Sea still offline after a shutdown on Friday, Norwegian offshore safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has formally ordered an investigation.
As Offshore Energy Today reported on Monday, because a similar incident happened aboard the Goliat FPSO before, PSA Norway issued a notification of order to Eni to identify and implement necessary measures after the last event to come in compliance with environmental, health and safety legislation.
Also, the safety body has called for a meeting with Eni and Statoil (a partner in the project), whereby the Goliat licensees would present a comprehensive assessment of the proper way forward for Goliat. The PSA Norway is calling for the meeting to be held before the field resumes production.On Wednesday, PSA turned the notification of order into a formal order
On Wednesday, PSA turned the notification of order into a formal order. The difference between a “notification of order” and an “order” is that the order is legally binding.
PSA also told Eni to present a binding schedule with a deadline for implementation of corrective measures and a description of any compensatory measures implemented until all discrepancies are corrected.
The safety authority’s notification of order that preceded today’s order had called for a meeting to be held between the PSA, Eni, and Statoil before the Goliat is put back online. There is no mention of such a meeting in PSA’s order released Wednesday.