CONTRACTS totalling NOK1.6 billion have been awarded by Statoil for work at Oseberg Vestflanken 2, Johan Sverdrup and Gina Krog located in the North Sea.

Awarded on behalf of the licence partners, the contracts include marine operations, marine construction, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an unmanned wellhead platform as well as modifications at the Oseberg field centre.

Statoil senior vice president for project development Torger Rød was pleased to award the contracts to suppliers who have a good record with the company.

In December Statoil submitted the plan for development and operation (PDO) of Oseberg Vestflanken 2 which is located in the North Sea.

The contract awards are subject to government approval of the PDO.

Statoil said the field development will provide 110 million barrels of oil equivalent and will be profitable even in a low oil price scenario.

Technip Norway A/S has been awarded contracts for pipe laying at Johan Sverdrup and Oseberg Vestflanken 2, with the contract’s value totally around NOK 400 million.

Marine construction and installation work at Oseberg Vestflanken 2, Johan Sverdrup and Gina Krog was awarded to Ocean Installer.

With a combined contract value of around NOK 200 million.

Statoil reported Hereema Fabrication Group received the contract award for EPC of the unmanned wellhead platform at Oseberg Vestflanken 2.

Hereema Marine Construction will be responsible for transport and installation of the platform, with a combined contract value of around NOK 800 million.

Aibel has been awarded the contract for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) on the Oseberg field centre, to prepare the platform for receiving the well stream from Oseberg Vestflanken 2.

This contract is valued around NOK 200 million.

In addition, late last year FMC was awarded a contract for delivering two subsea trees for the existing subsea template to be included at Oseberg Vestflanken 2.

FMC’s contract value is around NOK 120 million plus options.

The Oseberg Vestflanken 2 development will consist of an unmanned wellhead platform with 10 well slots and two existing subsea wells will also be reused.

The well stream will be routed to the Oseberg field centre via a new pipeline, and the wells will be remote-controlled from the field centre.

Wellhead platforms with no facilities, helicopter deck or lifeboats represent a new solution in Norway, but it has been thoroughly tested in other areas, such as the Danish and Dutch continental shelves, Statoil said.

Oseberg Vestflanken 2 is the first of three planned phases for developing the remaining reserves in the Oseberg area, the company said.

Johan Sverdrup is located in the North Sea, 155 kilometres west of Stavanger.

This field will be developed in phases. Production start-up is scheduled for end 2019.

The Gina Krog field is also located in the North Sea and is around 30 kilometres northwest of Sleipner, and 230 kilometres southwest of Stavanger.