This video shows the moment when two giants of the oil and gas industry finally separate.
The float off of the hull of the world’s largest spar platform has been successfully carried out using one of the world’s largest vessels.
The development of the Aasta Hansteen gas field in the Norwegian Sea is one of the biggest and most complex industrial projects in Europe.
With the 482 kilometer long Polarled pipeline the operator is taking the Norwegian gas infrastructure northward across the Arctic Circle for the first time, opening a new area of the Norwegian Sea for gas export to Europe.
The project involves a new depth record of 1,300 metres for a field development and pipeline.
This requires a spar platform, more typically seen in ultra deepwaters depths such as in the Gulf of Mexico.
The construction of the spar platform started three years ago, and the 200 meter long hull weighs 46 000 tonnes.