Norwegian oil & gas sector service company branches out into tourism
05 August 2016
With the low oil price depressing activity in the Norwegian oil & gas sector, service company Edda Accommodation has come up with an ingenious way of making money from its underemployed assets. In July, the company ran the first ever rig spotting trips in the North Sea aboard the flotel Edda Fides.
The Edda Fides - Image: Edda Adventures
According to a Reuters report, the trip was a great success with one passenger saying: "It's just wonderful, just wonderful…I was amazed."
The first North Sea trip departed Haugesund in south-western Norway and visited the Edvard Grieg, Johan Sverdrup, Balder and Ringhorn, Oseberg, Troll and Gjøa fields, before arriving at Molde further up the coast five days later, with the opportunity to attend the Molde Jazz Festival.
The second departed Molde and visited Nyhamna, Draugen, Kristin, Åsgard, Heidrun, Skarv and Norne in the Norwegian Sea, finally arriving at Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands.
Highlights included close encounters with some of the largest structures ever built, including the Troll A platform, which has an overall height of 472 metres, weighs 1.2 million tons with ballast and has the distinction of being the tallest and heaviest structure ever moved by mankind when, in 1996, it was towed over 200 km from its construction site in north Rogaland to its final position in the Troll field, 80 kilometres north-west of Bergen.
The cruises are operated by a dedicated subsidiary, Edda Adventures, and take place aboard the state of the art flotel Edda Fides, which has a displacement of 20,000 tonnes. The 120 passengers are shown around the vessel’s advanced technology and take advantage of features normally used by its usual complement of offshore oil workers, including a gym, restaurant and cocktail bar.