Project Goliat, Arctic Circle

ATEX Certified Axial Fans Ensure Challenging Specification Requirements Are Met for Arctic Circle Oil Rig.

Nuaire has secured an £85k order to provide ATEX offshore axial fans for mounting on condenser units to be used on an oil platform in the Arctic circle.

The project known as ‘Goliat’ is situated in a region of the Arctic Circle known to encounter extreme weather conditions. The harsh environment that the fans were intended for use in came with challenging fan specification requirements that were at the heart of all focal discussions with the client.

A number of ATEX certified, offshore stainless steel short case axial fans, comprising of 316 grade stainless steel case, fully cast 316 grade stainless steel impeller and ATEX NORSOK specification motors were supplied to the client Güntner in June 2012.

The Goliat field is located in the Barents Sea, in waters measuring 1,312 feet (400 meters) deep. The oil and gas field is situated off Norway's northern tip. The Norwegian government approved Goliat's field development, which consists of subsea wells tied-back to a circular platform. Due to harsh weather, frigid waters and a fragile ecosystem of the Barents Sea, the partners selected Sevan as the platform supplier. The circular platform will utilize electricity supplied from land combined with a gas turbine on the platform, which results in lower levels of CO2 emissions.

Goliat is scheduled to commence production in 2013 and the field has a life expectancy of 15 years. Total development cost of Goliat is estimated at $5.2 billion. After start-up, production is expected to plateau at 100,000 barrels per day.