Statfjord was discovered by Mobil in 1974, and Statoil took over the operatorship on 1 January 1987. The field has been developed with the Statfjord A, B and C production platforms, which all have concrete gravity base structures incorporating storage cells. Statfjord A began production on 24 November 1979. Statfjord B followed on 5 November 1982, and Statfjord C on 26 June 1985. The Norwegian share of the field lies in blocks 33/9 and 33/12 in production licence 037, while the British part is in UK block 211/25 in licences 104 and 293. The field is likely to remain in production until 2019. Statfjord is one of the oldest producing fields on the Norwegian continental shelf, and the largest oil discovery in the North Sea. When drilling and well work are under way on the field, about 200 people are employed on Statfjord A, 200 on the B platform and 240 on Statfjord C. Personnel do 12-hour shifts in a 14-day offshore tour, followed by a month off. Almost 400 people used to be transported to and from Statfjord every day. This number is now substantially reduced, partly because activities have been discontinued or moved to land.
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