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A helicopter landing on a Statoil facility in Njord (Image courtesy of Statoil)

Statoil has decided to delay resuming production at the Njord field in the Norwegian Sea after completing a turnaround as safety concerns prompted the decision that reinforcements are needed to the platform structure before production can resume.

In 2012 small deformations were discovered in certain beams and other structural elements when extensive reinforcement work carried out on the deck framing on the Njord.

Production at Njord was stopped on July 27, 2013 and the platform was then emptied of oil and gas. At the time the plan was to resume production in mid-September.

Further inspections have not disclosed any new damage, but the reanalyses show that some of the deck’s structures are too heavily loaded and that reinforcements are necessary before production and drilling can resume.

“Planning of the task has begun. At this stage it is difficult to estimate the extent of the reinforcements needed, but it already seems clear that we will have to allow for this work to take until the summer of 2014,” says Njord production director, Arve Rennemo.

Production started at Njord in 1997.