Aker Solutions announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a contract by Statoil to deliver replacement and upgrading of drilling equipment and systems on the Snorre A platform in the North Sea. The estimated contract value is $179 million (NOK 1 billion).
The main object of the project is to extend the technical lifetime up to 2040 and improve health, safety and environmental (HSE) factors while keeping the capacity and operational availability "as-is", said Aker. Scope of work will include engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning assistance.
"We are pleased that Statoil renews their trust in our service, and very proud to be working with Statoil on a drilling upgrade of this scale," said Tore Sjursen, Aker's head of maintenance, modifications and operations.
The project includes advanced technical solutions in addition to extensive onshore testing in a considerably larger scale than previously performed. The chosen solutions have been developed over many years through extensive studies with participation from Aker Solutions, Statoil and the drilling operator.
Refurbishment of existing drilling facilities like Snorre A is a growing market in the mature North Sea, and an area which Aker Solutions is targeting. The company has comprehensive knowledge about products, systems and services required to plan and execute such work, and different parts of the company would typically be involved.
The Snorre A drilling contract scope will be performed by Aker Solutions' drilling technologies engineering team in Kristiansand and will be concluded by its integration competence centre in Bergen. Prefabrication will be performed at Aker Solutions' yard in Egersund.
Preparations have already started. A total of 100 engineering and management personnel at Aker Solutions' office in Bergen and Kristiansand plus up to 100 offshore installation personnel will work on the Snorre A Drilling contract for the next three years.
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