STATOIL ASA has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract for the delivery of an Engineering and Control System Test Simulator for the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea. The simulator is due for delivery in October 2006.
The dynamic simulator will be used by STATOIL for providing operational support to the Heidrun field. All changes in the process and the safety and automation system will be tested on the ASSETT dynamic simulator prior to installation offshore.
"We see the award of the Heidrun contract as a confirmation of the success of the recently delivered Åsgard B (2004) and Kristin (2005) life-cycle simulators," comments Sales Manager for Process Simulation in Norway Chris Ruigrok of Kongsberg Maritime. "Also, these simulators are fully integrated with the KONGSBERG AIM Safety and Automation system."
Heidrun in the Norwegian Sea has been producing oil and gas since October 1995. The field has been developed with a floating concrete tension leg platform. Oil from the field is primarily shipped by shuttle tanker to Statoil's Mongstad crude oil terminal near Bergen. Gas is exported to Tjeldbergodden in mid-Norway and to Dornum in Germany through Kårstø north of Stavanger. Current production is 142,000 b/d of oil and 1.3 MSm3/d of gas. The operational support base for Heidrun is based in Stjørdal near Trondheim. This is also the home base for the Åsgard A, Åsgard B and Kristin fields.