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Kårstø Flare Tip Replacement

Client:  Equinor
Industry:  Refinery Industry
Asset: Kårstø Processing Plant
Location: Norway


In September 2016, Equnior has commissioned Axess Group to execute steam line and flare tip replacement during the turnaround period of their process plant in Kårstø, Norway.

With a total of 32 offshore installations connected to Kårstø shutdown for the maintenance, any delay would incur extra operational costs amounting to over USD 25 million per day. For this reason, detailed planning was crucial to ensure that the project execution met the extremely tight schedule.


The scope of work encompasses: 

  • Replacement of steam pipe assembly – total of 110m insulated pipes
  • Replacement of 4 flares tip
  • Replacement of guy wires, including tensioning and verticality measurements
  • Repair of three insulated steam pipes

Axess took an innovative approach to carry out the flare tip replacement by engaging its experienced helicopter company with a lifting capacity of over 4.5T. The crew, equipped with specialized guidance tools, utilized the “long line” flying technique for precision and faster execution. Mobile cranes were also used to replace some of the flare tips.


One of the key factors for the success of the project was Axess’ full control of the design from beginning up to commissioning of the refurbished flare. Due to extensive planning and engineering, we used fewer hours in lifting and installing the new 110 meter steam pipe, as well as removing the old line.

The whole project was a huge logistical challenge, with resources covering many different competence areas, a vast amount of tools and materials and 24/7 operations. Detailed engineering allowed us to work through different levels simultaneously in a very efficient and safe manner. 


8 months planning period

7 days project execution

65 personnel involved

Zero Lost Time Incident (LTI)

4.5T lifting capacity

Huge savings from minimum production down-time

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Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 MOLDE
+47 982 43 600
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Units 6 & 19 Robert Leonard Centre
Howe Moss Drive, Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce AB21 0GG, UK
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St. John's, Newfoundland
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Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
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15915 Katy Freeway, Suite 501
77094 Houston, TX
+1 (281) 994-0367
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Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
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Koppholen 25, 4313 Sandnes
Stavanger, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
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Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
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3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
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Rainha Ginga
27 Luanda, Angola
+27 82 202 5266
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Axess Africa Ltd.
1 Nares Street
7925 Cape Town
+27 82 202 5266
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 41 78 06 30
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Filipstad Brygge 1, 3rd Floor
0252 Oslo, Norway
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
#103 (Aju-dong Hyunjin Evervil) B1 Yang 1-gil, Geoji-Si
Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
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B2-306, 3rd Floor
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Firm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072, India
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre #05-31 South Wing
3 International Business Park
609927 Singapore
+65 6908 4174
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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140 St Georges Terrace L28,
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739
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