Statoil Awards Aker Gullfaks South Topside Modification Contract

Aker Solutions revealed Friday that it has been awarded a topside modification contract by Statoil to increase oil recovery at Gullfaks South.

Aker said in a disclosure that the main objective of the project is to deliver topside modification for tie-in of two new templates at Gullfaks South, to Gullfaks A. In addition, the company will perform topside modification for re-routing production from the existing template D from Gullfaks A to Gullfaks C.

Aker detailed in its release that the scope of work under the Gullfaks South increased oil recovery topside project includes engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning assistance. The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2014.

Gullfaks South is located on Blocks 34/10 and 33/12, in 427 to 722 feet (130 to 220 meters) of water. The satellite field was developed in two phases.

The first phase of development encompassed eight subsea installations, tied-back to the GF-A platform for processing, storage and loading, while the second phase of development included subsea wells tied-back to both GF-A and GF-C. Phase one was approved in 1996 and commenced production in 1998; phase two was approved in 1998 and started production in 2001.

Gullfaks South forms part of the Greater Gullfaks areas; the Greater Gullfaks consist of numerous fields in the Norwegian North Sea and it spans Blocks 34/7, 34/8, 34/10 and 33/12.

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