Goliat: the platform that faces the Arctic in Norway

The facility is the largest cylindrical floating production storage and offloading unit for oil production in the world.

The red platform that lights up the Barents Sea

Built in South Korea, the unmissable bright red Goliat undertook a 63-day journey around southern Africa before arriving in the Barents Sea in spring 2015 – when it became the area’s first oilfield in production. This FPSO represents record numbers, advanced technologies and respect for the environment.

In September 2021, a Cooperation Agreement was signed with others Oil & Gas operators in the area to asses the feasibility of the Barents Blu-Ammonia Project. The project provides for the monetization of gas production at the Goliath field by means of the blue ammonia production and commercialization. The CO2 captured in the process will be transported and stored in a depleted offshore field.

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Production and injection rely on a subsea system comprising 22 wells connected to the structure via a system of underwater cables. 

Overcoming challenges

Goliat’s design incorporates numerous innovations to ensure it operates with complete safety and stability. Operating in the Arctic means working in a highly complex environment, given its rich biodiversity and particularly vulnerable local ecosystems. The project makes use of technical systems that pose a low risk to the environment and to the personnel employed – despite the area’s extreme conditions. 

The platform’s assets

The Sevan 1000 floating unit, better known as Goliat, is a 64,000-tonne platform, 107 metres in diameter, with 14 anchor lines and a 100,000 b/d production capacity. To transport it from Korea to the Barents Sea we used the semi-submersible transport ship Dockwise Vanguard. 

Following a design contest, Vår Energi, operator of the Goliat Licence PL229/229B, and its partner Statoil, now known as Equinor, selected the model that best met the demanding requirements of offshore facilities. The successful design comprises a circular structure containing a production plant, oil storage capacity and accommodation. Water used is fed back into the tank and the oil produced is temporarily stored before being transported to market by tanker. 

Environment and community

Goliat is powered by onshore energy sources via an underwater electric cable, along with energy generated on board the platform. The electrification of Goliat was designed to be safe for people and the environment, reducing CO2 emissions by 50 per cent. Vår Energi’s aim is to maximise the reduction of CO2 emissions, which is why the platform is powered by electricity sourced onshore. The emergency Oil Spill Contingency Plan in the Goliat field has been specifically adapted to the coastline and a fleet of local fishing boats helps monitor impact on the sea. 

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