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Eni Norge will keep production at its Goliat field offline as it further evaluates safety measures, according to Norwegian regulators.

The Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said on Friday that Eni Norge’s management has decided that Goliat will remain shut down until “measures are implemented and management and workers agree its platform can be operated prudently.”

Production at the offshore field was taken offline on August 26 after a power failure.

Eni briefed the PSA about work being conducted at the platform following the outage and about its plans to conduct a full review of the safety position at the Goliat facility.

The company will also brief the PSA about safety conditions at the platform prior to restarting production.

“We are comfortable that the facility remains shut down, and with the answers we’ve received from Eni Norge so far,” PSA director genera Anne Myhrvold said.

Eni has not disclosed when it will restart production at Goliat.

The August power outage was the second power failure at Goliat since production started in March.

The Goliat field is located about 53 miles northwest of Hammerfest and is the first ever Barents Sea oil field to start production.

The startup of the Goliat project boosted Norway’s oil output to a five-year high in July.

Goliat was Norway’s fourth largest oil producer in July, according to the the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

Goliat’s output is expected to reach 100,000 barrels of oil per day, with 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to Eni.

Eni holds a 65 percent operating stake in Goliat while Norway’s Statoil holds the remaining 35 percent stake.


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