VIDEO: The mighty Statoil Aasta Hansteen travels in style

Watch as Statoil’sAasta Hansteen is launched and makes the 14,500 nautical mile journey from South Korea to Norway.

The 200 meter, 46,000 tonne structure casts an impressive shadow as it arrives in in Norway from its long journey – the equivalent to nearly 26,900 km, or more than 640 marathons.

The lady was brought home to Norway by Dockwise White Marlin. In Ølensvåg the topside will be transferred to two new vessels that will take it to Stord to be mated with the substructure, creating the world’s largest spar-platform.

The Aasta Hansteen discovery was made in 1997 and actually comprises three separate discoveries; Luva, Haklang and Snefrid South, with recoverable reserves estimated at 47 billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of gas.

The drilling campaign on Aasta Hansteen is planned to start towards the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.

The gas field is being developed with a Spar FPSO platform, as the first on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and the largest in the world. Spar is a floating installation consisting of a vertical cylindrical hull moored to the seabed.