STAVANGER, Norway – Equinor has contracted TechnipFMC for pipelay and subsea installations for three projects offshore Norway.
The Snorre gas import system is part of the ongoing Snorre Expansion project in the North Sea, and includes laying of a new 24-km (14.9-mi), 12-in. pipeline between the Gullfaks and Snorre fields. Equinor plans to use the imported gas as pressure support to improve recovery from the Snorre field.
TechnipFMC will perform the pipelay in 2021 and remaining marine operations in 2022.
Breidablikk is a large oil discovery which will be developed as a subsea tieback to the Grane field platform to the southwest. Equinor and partners Petoro, Vår Energi and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia plan a final investment decision on the project later this year. In this case, subsea installation is an option.
In addition, Equinor has issued a letter of intent to TechnipFMC related to Askeladd Vest, a segment of the Askeladd field in the Barents Sea that is part of the Snøhvit unit.
Two gas producers will be drilled with Askeladd Vest’s template tied back to the already installed Askeladd templates via a pipeline and an umbilical. Again, an investment decision should follow later in 2020.
Total value of the three assignments to TechnipFMC, including the option, is around NOK 1.8 billion ($188 million). The full scope includes fabrication and laying of pipelines, installation of subsea structures and control cables, and hookup and testing of systems.
Offshore operations should take place during 2021-2023.
TechnipFMC’s Orkanger spoolbase in Norway will fabricate the pipelines before they are reeled onto the installation vessel. The awards should lead to further sub-contracting opportunities for other companies, Equinor said.