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Ærfugl project phase 2 : Aker Solutions bags contract for subsea production system

Ærfugl project phase 2 : Aker Solutions has bagged a contract worth around NOK 700 million ($76.95 million) from Aker BP for the supply of the subsea production system for the Ærfugl project (formerly Snadd field development) in the Norwegian Sea.

The subsea delivery for the Norwegian oil project includes wellheads, vertical subsea trees, control systems, satellite structures, a tie-in module and approximately 30 kilometers of umbilicals.

Located just west of the producing Skarv field operated by Aker BP in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea, just, the Ærfugl field is made up of the Ærfugl and Outer Snadd discoveries. The Ærfugl field is planned to produce via the Skarv FPSO.

According to Aker Solutions, the deliveries under the Ærfugl project contract for the phase 2 development include the Vectus next generation subsea control system, which provides greater data and power capabilities, and also its standard, lightweight vertical subsea trees.

Illustration of Ærfugl project phase 2

Illustration of Ærfugl project phase 2. Photo courtesy of Aker Solutions.

The Norwegian engineering company will begin the work immediately and will use facilities across Norway, the UK, India, Brazil, and Malaysia for the execution. As per schedule, the subsea structures for the Norwegian oil project will be delivered in 2020.

Aker Solutions had supplied the subsea production system for the first phase of the Ærfugl project under its subsea alliance with Aker BP and Subsea 7.

Commenting on the Ærfugl project phase 2 contract, Egil Bøyum – executive vice president at Aker Solutions greenfield projects, said: “The subsea alliance between Aker Solutions, Subsea 7 and Aker BP has already demonstrated great value through a series of subsea project deliveries. Close cooperation between the parties is instrumental in making both phase one and two of the Ærfugl project a success.

“Our deliveries to Ærfugl highlight the power of Intelligent Subsea, as we utilize our integrated field design capabilities to accelerate the field development and maximize performance.”

Last month, Aker BP said that the project partners decided to move ahead with the second phase of the NOK 8 billion ($880 million) Ærfugl project, three years ahead of the original start-up plan of 2023. Aker BP is partnered by Equinor, Wintershall DEA and PGNiG in the Norwegian oil project.

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