Eni has started oil production at the pioneer field Goliat in the Barents Sea at the weekend.
After two years of delays and many challenges the production at the Goliat field began Saturday. The daily production is expected to reach 100,000 barrels of oil and other petroleum products per day.
As recently as February the Italian oil company Eni confirmed that they had to postpone the original date for the start of production, March 1. In recent months, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) have brought Eni many injunctions following their audits of Goliat. The company has also been criticized for not following the orders they have received from the PSA. While PSA has noted flaws at Goliath, they have now given the platform the green light for the startup.
The platform, which is built in South Korea, was 50 percent more expensive than planned.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today