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22.09.2010

Production platform for "Yme" crosses the oceans After a month on the high seas, a jack-up production rig for the "Yme" field weighing around 13,000 tons has now reached the port of Stavanger.

A special cargo vessel transported the new construction from Abu Dhabi to Stavanger – a route that is not without its dangers: the production rig also crossed the Gulf of Aden, where pirates pose a significant threat, in an escorted Chinese convoy.

The offshore production facility will be deployed in the "Yme" field, about 100 kilometers off the Norwegian coast. The final preparations are now being undertaken at the port of Stavanger to fix the production rig on the seabed at a depth of 93 meters. The rig has 100-meter-long legs made of huge steel tubes and a tank with a capacity of 300,000 barrels.

The Yme oil field, named after a six-headed giant from norse mythology, is an old acquaintance: in the late 1990’s Statoil already produced about 50 million barrels from the field as operator, but decommissioned it in 2001. The Canadian gas company Talisman has been revitalizing the oil field since 2007. Wintershall has a 10 percent stake in the production. The magnitude of the field is estimated to be 70 million barrels.

Contact: Verena Sattel

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