Two large modules for Eni Petroleum’s Nikaitchuq oilfield production facilities have arrived off the central North Slope, the company told Petroleum News yesterday.
“Both of the modules, the processing facilities and utilities modules, weigh roughly 4,000 tons each and were loaded on two barges along with other small modules and miscellaneous structural components and departed from Louisiana on June 1st , 2010,” the company said. “The modules arrived off Oliktok Point on July 29th.”
The barges completed the final stage of their journey after spending several days off Barrow, at the western end of the Beaufort Sea, waiting for sea ice conditions to improve, Eni said. The company plans to offload the modules onto the Nikaitchuq surface site at Oliktok Point within seven days, in preparation for mechanical completion, functional checkout and commissioning of all facilities.
Nikaitchuq crude oil, to be produced initially from onshore wells at Oliktok Point but later also from wells on a manmade offshore island, will be the first North Slope production not processed through facilities operated by either BP or ConocoPhillips.
“Everything is moving forward as planned for first oil around the beginning of 2011,” Eni said. “Of course, any number of variables could impact that timeline, but at this point the Nikaitchuq development is on schedule.”
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