Visund Gas Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator: Statoil
  • Country: Norway
  • Location: block 34/8
  • Production start: 1999
  • Partners: Petoro, Conoco, Total
  • Type: Oil & Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Visund field is located in block 34/8, about 22 km north of the Gullfaks field on the Norwegian continental shelf.
  • Production is from the Visund Floating Production Unit (FPU)
  • The field initially produced only oil but the platform was altered, a gas pipeline was installed and gas production started in 2005
  • The northern part of the Visund field is developed with a subsea template, about 10 kilometres north of Visund A
  • The water depth at the work sites ranges from 190m to 335m.
  • The oil is sent by pipeline to Gullfaks A for storage and export via tankers.
  • Gas is exported through the Kvitebjørn gas pipeline and on to Kollsnes Gas Processing Plant, where the NGL is separated and the dry gas is further exported to the market.


  • ABB:
    • Construction of Visund Platform
    • Design, construction and installation of two large modules - one containing equipment to increase gas injection rate and raise oil production, the other to allow gas exports
  • Saipem: Pipelines - EPIC
  • Subsea 7: detail design, fabrication and installation of riser base, protection structure, Pipeline End Manifold (PLEM) and tie-in spool of the Visund Gas Export System
  • Emtunga: Mud laboratory
  • Emerson: Design, configure, and install the new safety and automation systems


  • 1996 - PDO awarded for the project
  • 1998 - Platform installed on the field
  • 1999 - Oil production launched
  • 2002 - ABB awarded modules contract
  • 2005 - First gas produced
  • 2013 - Emerson awarded Contract to Upgrade Automation


  • The Visund field contains oil and gas in several tilted fault blocks with varying pressure and liquid systems.
  • The reservoirs are in Middle Jurassic sandstones in the Brent Group and Lower Jurassic and Upper Triassic sandstones in the Statfjord and Lunde Formations.
  • The reservoirs lie at a depth of 2 900 - 3 000 metres.


  1. Jotun FPSO References
  2. Saipem Europe Pipeline References
  3. Emtunga Europe Offshore Platform References
  4. Subsea 7 Announce the Visund Award from Statoil
  5. ABB wins US$ 80 million order for North Sea oil platform
  6. First gas from Visund
  7. Emerson Wins $33 Million Contract to Upgrade Automation on Statoil Platform in Norwegian North Sea

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