Technology

Goliat the giant

 By Marco Alfieri

In a ice-free area in the Barents Sea off Norway, Eni starts production of Goliat: the first oil field to start production in the Barents Sea. Goliat was developed through FPSO the largest and most sophisticated floating cylindrical production and storage vessel in the world. The Unit has a capacity of 1 million barrels of oil and was built with the most advanced technologies in order to tackle the technical and environmental challenges linked to operations in the Arctic’s context. The daily output will reach 100,000 barrels of oil per day. Production will take place through a subsea system consisting of 22 wells, and of which 12 are oil producers, 7 water injectors and 3 gas injectors. Goliat, adopts the most advanced technological solutions in order to minimize the impact on the environment, thanks to  the supply of electrical energy from land and the “zero discharge” operating concept…

You would recognise it even among a thousand offshore platforms because it is a deep red colour and above all round, designed to withstand arctic storms. Also the work on board is typical of those who leave nothing to chance. “Safety first at all times…”, explains a team leader as he adjusts his helmet while technicians and workers are finishing the preparations for the start of production of this giant:

about the author
Marco Alfieri
Dad, husband, journalist. Content Strategy & Newsroom manager at Eni, Daily newsletter at Il Foglio. Former Editor in chief at Linkiesta.it. Previously I have worked at Il Sole 24 Ore and La Stampa.