Aker Solutions has been awarded front-end engineering and design (FEED) contracts from Aker BP for the NOA Fulla field development on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The platform FEED includes the NOA processing, drilling and quarters platform (PdQ) and for the normally unmanned Frøy wellhead platform (NUI), both operated by Aker BP. The company has also been awarded a subsea front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for the NOA Fulla field development. It could potentially represent work in the range of a very large contract for Aker Solutions, subject to final investment decision.
Platform FEED contracts
The platform FEED contracts are awarded to Aker Solutions as part of the Fixed Facilities Alliance between Aker BP, Aker Solutions and Siemens Energy. The scope of the FEED for the NOA PdQ is expected to include a topside weighing about 22-24,000 metric tons and a jacket substructure weighing about 15,000 metric tons. The scope of the FEED for the Frøy NUI includes a topside weighing about 2,000 metric tons and a jacket substructure with operational weight of about 4,500 metric tons.
The Frøy NUI will be a close copy of the Hod B wellhead platform delivered by Aker Solutions in July 2021. It will be the third wellhead platform project delivered by the Fixed Facilities Alliance established in the spring of 2017.
The award follows the successful completion of the front-end concept and study phase, and the work starts immediately with planned completion at the end of the third quarter of 2022. The FEED work will be led by Aker Solutions’ offices in Fornebu, Norway, with a share of the engineering executed from Mumbai, India.
“We are looking forward to working together with Aker BP and our alliance partners on this significant field development, and to mature the project towards final investment decision. This major project is likely to have significant positive effects on employment in our operations in Norway and shows the importance of our strong front-end capabilities,” said Sturla Magnus, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ topside and facilities business.
Subsea FEED contract
The scope of the subsea production systems (SPS) FEED is planned to include 14 standardized vertical subsea trees, Vectus™ 6.0 based Control system modules, four six-slot manifolds, wellheads and a large number of tie-in and connection systems. It will also include close to 60 kilometres of umbilicals. The SPS project will be executed through the Subsea Alliance between Aker BP, Aker Solutions and Subsea 7, building on shared goals and incentives as well as a strategy to leverage technology and digital solutions in new ways to reduce carbon footprint.
The award follows the successful completion of the front-end concept and study phase, and work starts immediately with planned completion at the end of the third quarter of 2022. The FEED work will be led by Aker Solutions’ office in Tranby, Norway.
“This award continues our long-standing collaboration with Aker BP. Through the Subsea Alliance, we are early involved in the field development, optimizing design solutions and contributing to a positive final investment decision for the operators. We look forward to continuing our alliance with Aker BP and Subsea 7, with a continued strong focus on safe and efficient operations while helping to reduce the carbon footprint,” said Maria Peralta, executive vice president and head of Aker Solutions’ subsea business.
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