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It will be a significant and noteworthy makeover. At peak, expected in January 2016, around 1000 people will be involved in the conversion of Hanne Knutsen. Remontowa together with the Owner's team had commenced necessary preparations long before the ship arrived. Most of the prefabrication was done at that time. In April this year, the celebrative first steel cutting for the prefabricated structures took place, attended by numerous representatives of involved companies.

The FSO to be converted from the shuttle tanker Hanne Knutsen at Remontowa, will feature a remote-controlled system which allows the processing of oil and water to be controlled from a Central Control Room onshore in Norway. The Martin Linge field, including the FSO, will also be powered with electricity from shore through the world's longest high voltage AC subsea cable. This makes the Martin Linge FSO more environmentally friendly with regards to CO2 emissions.

The Martin Linge field is located 180 kilometres west of Bergen in Norway, near the border with the UK sector, in 115 metres of water. The field contains both oil and gas. The Martin Linge development consists of a new fully integrated fixed production platform with a steel jacket and a permanently anchored storage ship for oil (FSO to be converted from a shuttle tanker at Remontowa). The gas will be exported through a new pipeline linking the field to an existing pipeline to St. Fergus in Scotland, while the oil will be shipped from the field using shuttle tankers.

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