Norway’s worst diving accidentStable production

North East Frigg comes on stream

person by Trude Meland, Norwegian Petroleum Museum
Production began on 8 December 1983 from the first three wells on North East Frigg. But it was not until a month later that petroleum and energy minister Kåre Kristiansen pressed the button in the control room on QP to inaugurate the satellite field.
— From the opening of North-East Frigg. Konrad B. Knudsen gives a speech, while former Minister of Petroleum and Energy Kåre Kristiansen sits at his right. Kristin Lønningdal is seen at the end of the table. Photo: TotalFinaElf/Norwegian Petroleum Museum
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Initial output was two million standard cubic metres of gas per day, which increased gradually to five million scm/d. To celebrate the successful start to production, all Elf employees were given an extra day off that year.

Experience from North-East Frigg showed that the concept of subsea-completed wells drilled through a seabed template was viable. This solution gave good protection against anchors and trawls being dragged along the bottom. The size and shape of the structures provided easy access for divers and remotely operated vehicles carrying out maintenance. Most importantly, they proved to function well and to be reliable.

Norway’s worst diving accidentStable production
Published April 3, 2018   •   Updated July 1, 2020
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