At peak, the program will employ more than 200 personnel.
The company will execute management and engineering in Stavanger with support from its offices in Oslo and Singapore, it will exploit synergies with its existing maintenance and modification contract for Aasta Hansteen, led by the Harstad office.
Aibel’s yards in Haugesund and Thailand will handle prefabrication and module assembly.
Last year Equinor awarded the company the FEED contract covering detailed planning of the modifications for the new development. First offshore activities should start in February, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2026.
Irpa’s production will head through a new 80-km subsea pipeline to the Hansteen complex, then exported through the 482-km Polarled to the Nyhamna gas processing plant.
Equinor also has extended an M&M arrangement with Aibel and Aker Solutions for the Johan Sverdrup complex in the North Sea until February 2026.