Statoil has decided to postpone resuming production at the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea after completing a turnaround. Reinforcements are needed to the platform structure before production can resume.
Extensive analysis and inspection work carried out during the shutdown this summer has revealed the need for reinforcements to a number of beams in the platform structure before production can be resumed. It is anticipated that the work may need to continue towards the summer of 2014.
Production at Njord was stopped on July 27 and the platform was then emptied of oil and gas. At the time the plan was to resume production in mid-September.
In connection with the extensive reinforcement work carried out on the deck framing on the Njord A platform in the summer of 2012, small deformations were discovered in certain beams and other structural elements. Some of the damage was reinforced and other deformations were so limited that no remedial work was considered necessary.