To begin with the new operational area will be responsible for the already operative Norne and Snøhvit fields, as well as for the Aasta Hansteen field, for which a decision will be taken later this year. In due course the Skrugard/Havis field will also report to the new operational area, which will be managed along similar lines and carry the same executive authority as other operational areas.
Meanwhile, it is the intention to locate the Aasta Hansteen field’s operational organisation in Harstad, the supply base in Sandnessjøen and the helicopter base in Brønnøysund. These choices have been made after consultation with the partners on the field and final decisions here will be taken in connection with the impact assessment study.
“In wishing to base the Aasta Hansteen operational organisation in Harstad, we are envisaging the possibility of synergy effects obtained from a joint localisation with the Norne field. A new operational organisation will also boost competence and enhance the specialist milieus in Harstad,” says the executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, Øystein Michelsen.
The creation of this new area of operations will entail an increase in the number of employees at the Harstad office. Once the decision on Aasta Hansteen is taken, more employees will join the new area; overall the increase is likely to amount to some 30-50 persons.
Operational area in Stjørdal
Trøndelag and Møre, including Stjørdal, Trondheim and Kristiansund will still remain important locations for Statoil’s NCS activities. Haltenbanken and our fields there are – and will remain for a long time to come – a core area for Statoil. These locations will continue to be run from Stjørdal.
The creation of the new area in Harstad will not have any direct consequences for personnel working at Stjørdal in the already established operational area.
Work on the detailed planning of the new operational area in Northern Norway is now getting under way. The area will commence its operations in the course of the first half of 2013.
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