Statoil confirms fasttrack cluster pipelay contracts

Statoil has awarded two subsea installation contracts valued at $90 million in total to Subsea 7.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has awarded two subsea installation contracts valued at $90 million in total to Subsea 7. They involve engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the pipelines and control cables connecting the 64 MMboe Pan/Pandora and 40 MMboe Katla fields in the Norwegian North Sea to existing platforms and seabed production systems.

These area also the first contracts Statoil has issued for pipelines for its new cluster of fasttrack Norwegian developments.

“We are signing these contracts earlier than what is normal for traditional project execution,” says Vidar Birkeland, Statoil’s acting head of procurements. “They are important contributions to maintaining the pace of our fast track projects. Furthermore, Subsea 7 has vessels that are well suited for this work.”

Pan/Pandora and Katla both are south of the Visund field, in water depths of up to 292 m (958 ft).

Subsea 7 will install one 11.5-km (7.14-mi) subsea production pipeline and one 11.5-km (7-mi) umbilical between the Pan/Pandora field template and the Gullfaks C platform.

It will also install two 13-km (8-mi) pipelines and one 13-km umbilical between the Katla template and the Oseberg Sør Platform, along with associated tie-ins, testing, and pre-commissioning works.

Engineering gets under way shortly, and will be performed from Subsea 7’s office in Stavanger, Norway. Installation works will start during the second half of 2011 with pipeline beginning early in 2012 at the company’s pipeline spoolbase on the island of Vigra on Norway’s west coast.

Offshore pipeline installation and field installation operations should start in the first half of 2012. Production from both fields should start later that year.

By rationalizing use of time and resources, and adopting standardized equipment, Statoil aims to cut typical times for standard Norwegian field developments from around five to two and a half years.

All the company’s current wave of fasttrack developments comprise one subsea template, a few wells, and a tieback to existing facilities. The first four of these projects Pan/Pandora, Katla, Gygrid, and Vigdis North-East, are all on schedule to come onstream in 2012

Statoil claims that its second wave of projects, following experience gained from the first cluster, could be developed faster. These include Fossekall/Dompap and Vilje South.

11/15/2010

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