Goliat service contract to Aptomar

Aptomar, who has provided Eni Norge with the marine surveillance and oil spill detection and management system for the Goliat field development, has signed a long-term service agreement with the operator.

Eni Norge has made significant investments into what is probably the most advanced oil spill detection and management system on the Norwegian continental shelf. This service contract ensures that the operator’s emergency preparedness is top-of-the-range with regards to search and rescue operations, safety around the platform as well as oil spill detection and management.

Under the agreement Aptomar will provide round-the-clock technical support, continuous monitoring, preventive maintenance and service, annual re-certification as well as refurbishing, repairs and spare parts for systems and equipment delivered to the Goliat field in the Barents Sea.  Aptomar will also provide ROV interface to the Njord Viking and Esvagt Eurora supply vessels plus service for the tactical collaboration and management system (TCMS) it has delivered.

The service agreement is valid for a fixed period of three years with an option to extend it for one further two-year period (3+2). The financial details of the agreement are undisclosed.

“We have never witnessed any oil company that have invested more time, energy and money into ensuring the safety and integrity of its personnel, assets and the environment. We are proud to be part of what Eni is doing at Goliat, and we look forward to contributing further as the production phase approaches,” says Lars Solberg, CEO of Aptomar.

Goliat is the first floating production field development in the harsh environments of the Barents Sea. In response to this, Aptomar and Eni has created a holistic emergency response management system, focusing on rapid detection and controlled combating of a spill, in addition to protecting the safety and integrity of both personnel and assets onboard and around the FPSO.

Aptomar has equipped the Goliat FPSO, the field’s three shuttle tankers and the Goliat ERRV and PSV vessels with its SECurus system, radar processors and ROV streaming, which together makes out a solution for navigation aid, vessel safety and security, subsea inspections and environmental monitoring.

Furthermore, Aptomar’s TCMS (tactical collaboration and management system) combines the sensor inputs from the FPSO, shuttle tankers, ERRV vessels with surveillance data from oil spill detection radars, satellites and ROVs to create a common operating picture for all assets. This ensures an effective interface with onshore operations and organisations, standby vessels, helicopters and airplanes.

The system is designed to meet Eni’s operational requirements and all license requirements specified by Norwegian authorities – but it also goes beyond the legal demands.

“Eni’s strict requirements were clear from day one. They wanted 360-degree surveillance coverage from the FPSO hull outwards, plus the ability to detect small and large oil spills independent of light, wind and weather conditions, and estimate the relative thickness of a spill and where it was drifting. They also wanted to easily share this information between all onshore and offshore asset, other operators and governmental organisations. This service contract will help deliver this as well as maximum reliability and uptime on all critical systems,” says Lars Solberg.