Wintershall Kicks Off Oil Production In Danish North Sea

Wintershall Noordzee B.V. has begun production from the Ravn Field, its first owned and operated Danish oil field, the company said in a news release.

The field, located in Block 5/06, produces oil from a depth of about 4,000 m (13,123 ft) via a new production platform in the Danish North Sea. The oil is transported via a subsea pipeline about 18 km (11 miles) away to Wintershall Noordzee’s A6-A processing platform, where it is fed into the existing export network to the Netherlands, Wintershall said.

Wintershall Noordzee is taking a phased approach for Ravn. Called “appraisal through development,” the concept will enable the company to continuously gather performance data on well productivity and the lateral extent of the reservoir, the company said. Data analysis will provide the basis for and contribute to further field development options.

“Ravn paves the way for potential further oil and gas developments in this region,” Robert Frimpong, managing director of Wintershall Noordzee, said in the release.

Wintershall Noordzee owns a 63.64% share in the Ravn Field. The Danish state-owned oil and gas company Nordsøfonden holds the remaining 36.36%.

Tenaris Provides Offshore Line Pipes For Total’s Moho Nord

Tenaris provided TechnipFMC with a package of offshore line pipe solutions for Total’s deepwater Moho Nord project offshore the Republic of the Congo.

The package included rigid flowlines, jumpers and spools, bending solutions, taper joints and buckle arrestors, and coating systems with the support of a coating sub-supplier, Tenaris said in a news release.

“This project is among the most complex SURF [subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowlines] projects Tenaris has ever executed and a landmark in many aspects,” said Mariano Armengol, pipeline services business unit director for Tenaris.

The Moho Nord Field, which started production in March, consists of 34 wells tied back to a new tension-leg platform and an FPSO unit. The field, which is located in water depths up to 1,200 m (3,937 ft), has an expected production of 100,000 bbl/d.

Wood Group Wins Tolmount FEED

Premier Oil has awarded Wood Group a contract for FEED on the Tolmount Field development project in the U.K. Southern North Sea.

Wood Group will provide topsides, jacket, pipeline, flow assurance and subsea engineering expertise for Premier’s Tolmount offshore assets and export pipeline, which ties into the Dimlington onshore terminal in Humberside, England.

“This award demonstrates the integrated solutions that we are uniquely positioned to provide: bringing facility engineering, specialist technical solutions and our operational reputation to FEED,” said Robin Watson, Wood Group’s CEO. “We are committed to delivering a full systems engineering approach from the subsea wellhead, through the offshore facilities, export pipeline and to the onshore terminal, complete with end-to-end flow assurance.”

Sandvik Materials Technology Wins Order For Leviathan Gas Field

Sandvik Materials Technology, a developer and producer of advanced stainless steels and other materials, has secured the contract to be the sole provider of stainless steel umbilical tubes for the Leviathan gas field, the company said in a news release.

The Noble Energy-operated field is located in the Mediterranean Sea offshore Israel.

The order, valued at about 400 million SEK (US$44.2 million), was booked in the first quarter with deliveries scheduled for 2017.

Hansa Transports Equipment For Fields Offshore Indonesia

Hansa Heavy Lift has successfully transported two dozen reels and a range of subsea equipment for the Jangkrik Complex Project offshore Indonesia, the company said.

The reels and subsea equipment were discharged onto the offshore vessel Viking Neptun in five mobilizations. Two more offshore vessels, the Seismic Supporter and the Deep Orient, were used to load and offload some of the equipment from HHL Richards Bay, which picked up the cargo at three ports in Malaysia.

“This was a complex project, which required a very careful planning process as well as continuous communication with all parties involved from the start,” said Henry Woo, head of Asia-Pacific for Hansa Heavy Lift. “Our P2-1400 vessel type was the ideal ship for this project, as she provided enough space to stow and handle the cargo and enough crane capacity for discharging.”

Heerema, AF Gear Up To Remove Four Ekofisk Platforms

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) subcontractor AF Gruppen said it has received notice that ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS intends to enter a contract with HMC for the removal and disposal of platforms connected to the Ekofisk Field in the North Sea.

The contract includes engineering, preparation, removal and disposal of four platforms with a total tonnage of about 36,000 tonnes, AF Gruppen said in a news release.

The platforms are to be removed and disposed from 2017 to 2022.

Wood Group Lands Contract For Statoil’s Snorre Expansion Project

Statoil has awarded Wood Group a FEED contract for the Snorre Expansion Project’s subsea flowline system, Wood Group said in a news release.

The Snorre Field is located in Norwegian North Sea. The contract will be delivered by Wood Group’s Stavanger, Norway, office and follows the successful completion of a concept study for the project completed at year-end 2016.

BP Taps Amec Foster Wheeler For Engineering Services

Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a global framework contract by BP International to provide engineering, procurement support and project management services for pre-FEED and FEED work for a range of projects, a news release stated.

The contract covers onshore, offshore, subsea, drilling, greenfield and brownfield upstream engineering services in Alaska, Angola, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Gulf of Mexico, Indonesia, Oman, Trinidad and the U.K.

The three-year contract has an option to extend for two additional years.

Aker BP Awards Aker Solutions Engineering, Procurement Contract

Aker Solutions has secured a framework agreement for up to 10 years from Aker BP to provide engineering and procurement services for new offshore field installations, according to a news release.

The scope is for fixed facilities ranging from small wellhead platforms to complete oil and gas field centers. The contract covers work in all project phases and includes early-phase studies, FEED, detail engineering and follow-on engineering, the release said.

The contract, which starts in April, has a fixed term of six years with a four-year extension option. The value depends on how much work the operator calls for under the agreement, and Aker Solutions will book orders as they are received.

Oceaneering Reels In Umbilical Contract For Anadarko GoM Project

Oceaneering International Inc. has landed a contract from Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to supply the umbilical for the operator’s Constellation subsea tieback in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GoM), according to a news release.

The contract is for a dynamic and static electro-hydraulic steel tube control umbilical, which is expected to be tied back to Anadarko’s Constitution spar and associated hardware. Plans are to use the control umbilical to transmit hydraulic control fluid and chemicals as well as provide electrical power and fiber-optic requirements to operate and monitor the subsea wells, the release said.

Located in the GoM’s Green Canyon Block 627, the wells are in about 1,370 m (4,500 ft) of water.

Oceaneering plans to design and manufacture the umbilical at its Panama City, Fla., facility.

Kvaerner Lands Work From AkerBP For Offshore Platform Projects

Kvaerner was among the companies that scooped up long-term framework contracts awarded by Aker BP. The six-year agreement, Kvaerner said, covers construction and hookup of fixed offshore platforms, including topsides and steel jacket substructures. It has an option for four more years.

The Valhall West Flank installation is expected to be Kvaerner’s first project under the contract, the company said.

The agreements are intended to enable Aker BP to use a more integrated project delivery model: a “platform alliance” for each project. Under Aker BP’s management, Kvaerner and the other alliance members will work with a “one for all-all for one” mindset, the release said.

Kvaerner said its role in the alliance will include fabrication of jackets and topsides for fixed platform installations. In the agreement, hookup and commissioning assistance is also part of Kvaerner’s roles. The value of the agreement will depend on which future projects involve Kvaerner.

“For Kvaerner, to become a strategic alliance partner with Aker BP opens up significant business opportunities. Our role in the alliance means that we can leverage the expertise and capabilities from Kvaerner’s entire organizations at Stord, in Verdal and at Fornebu,” Kvaerner President and CEO Jan Arve Haugan. “The agreement is also an important driver for further development of new solutions, such as Kvaerner’s Subsea on a Stick concept for small, cost-effective unmanned platforms.”

First Oil Flows From Flyndre Field

Production has begun from the Maersk Oil-operated Flyndre Field in the U.K. and Norwegian North Sea, Maersk said.

First oil began to flow on March 26, traveling 25 km (15 miles) via pipeline to the Repsol Sinopec-operated Clyde Platform. Production from Flyndre Field is expected to peak at about 10,000 bbl/d of oil, with the field expected to produce until at least 2023.

The field is about 293 km (182 miles) southeast of Aberdeen in blocks 30/13 and 30/14 of the U.K. North Sea and is 325 km (202 miles) west-southwest of Stavanger in Block 1/5 (PL018C) of the Norwegian North Sea. It was discovered in 1974 and straddles the U.K./Norway median line.

Partners in the field’s development are Maersk Oil UK Ltd. (65.941%), Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Ltd. (22.739%), Repsol Sinopec North Sea Ltd. (4.24%), Maersk Oil Norway AS (6.255%), Statoil Petroleum AS (0.471%) and Petoro AS (0.354%).

Maersk continues focusing on the North Sea region in new developments such as the Maersk Oil-operated Culzean Field on the U.K. Continental Shelf, its stake in Norway’s Johan Sverdrup Field (operated by Statoil) and other projects.

Maersk Oil CEO Gretchen Watkins said first oil at Flyndre represents new production for both the U.K. and Norway.

—Staff Reports