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    Aker BP Contracts Work at Norway's Aerfugl Field


Aerfugl is due on stream next year, targeting 274.7mn boe of gas.

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Aker BP Contracts Work at Norway's Aerfugl Field

Aker BP has awarded contracts to engineering groups Subsea 7 and Aker Solutions for work at the second phase of its Aerfugl gas project in the Norwegian Sea.

Subsea 7 will engineer, procure, construct and install its electrically heat traced flowlines, to tie Aerfugl back to infrastructure at Aker BP’s Skarv field 13.5 km away, Subsea 7 said on December 12. Project management and engineering will begin immediately, it said, while offshore operations are scheduled for 2020 and 2021.

“Electrically heat traced flowlines have been developed by Subsea 7, in collaboration with InterPipe, to deliver leading insulation performance and enable cost-effective long-distance tie-backs,” Subsea 7 Norway’s vice president Monica Bjorkmann said.

Subsea said its contract was “sizeable”, placing its value at between $50mn and $150mn.

Meanwhile Aker Solutions, an affiliate of Aker BP, will provide wellheads, vertical subsea trees, satellite structures, control systems, a tie-in module and 30 km of umbilicals. Delivery will also take place next year.

“The subsea alliance between Aker Solutions, Subsea 7 and Aker BP has already demonstrated great value through a series of subsea project deliveries,” Aker Solutions’ vice president for greenfield projects, Egil Boyum, said. “Close cooperation between the parties is instrumental in making both phase one and two of the Aerfugl project a success.”

Aerfugl is a gas-condensate field with recoverable reserves estimated at 274.7mn boe. Production from both of its two phases, involving the drilling of three wells each, is slated to start in 2020. Aker BP’s partners are Norway’s Equinor, Poland’s PGNiG and Germany’s Wintershall Dea.