Pil and Bue for Njord Future


Safetec supports VNG with functional safety and production assurance services for the Pil and Bue tie-in to Njord

The Njord future life extension project by Statoil has recently received extensive coverage in the media (e.g. read articles at Sysla  and NRK). The Njord platform, operational from 1997, was originally planned to be decommissioned in 2013. The Njord future life extension venture will nearly double the lifetime of Njord. As a part of this upgrade, the platform will undergo modifications to receive production from the Bauge and Pil and Bue fields. The development decision to tie-back Pil and Bue to Njord, approximately 32 km away, was made late in 2016 by VNG and partners Faroe Petroleum and Point Resources.

The Pil and Bue discovery has helped VNG Norway move from being primarily an exploration company to be responsible for operating and developing the Pil and Bue license. Safetec is pleased to support VNG on this journey. Safetec has been awarded a contract to work closely with VNG on functional safety (SIL) and production assurance (RAM) services related to the Pil and Bue field development.

Ragnar Aarø, chief adviser, technical safety at Safetec expressed Safetec’s satisfaction in being able to collaborate with VNG in this project. “A key challenge in the project is to ensure that all interfaces between VNG, Statoil and the other suppliers are adequate in terms of safety. In particular, that all stakeholders are aware of all hazards and their possible interaction between the different scopes of delivery”.

The planned subsea infrastructure for Pil and Bue comprises of two subsea templates with associated production, water and gas injection flowlines. Safetec will provide functional safety services to support all VNG’s activities within the safety instrumented systems (SIS) safety lifecycle in accordance with IEC 61508 and IEC 61511.

As a part of the contract, Safetec will also assist VNG in establishing a production assurance programme (PAP) in accordance with ISO 20815:2008 and assist with reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) studies. The reliability studies will focus on identifying areas of improvement, provide decision support and provide input to spare part strategy, among other aspects.

Safetec has worked closely with several clients in providing similar functional safety and production assurance services. Visit our website for more information about Production Availability/RAM-Analysis  and SIL – Performance of Safety Instrumented Systems or contact Ragnar Aarø at +47 934 83 940 email: ragnar.aaro@safetec.no

(Photo: Statoil/Thomas Sola)

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