BP Awards More Valhall Contracts

BP on behalf of the Valhall licensees intends to award a key contract to SLP Engineering Limited following a competitive tendering process.

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) is for:

1. The new 180 man Living Quarters
2. Power from Shore Module offshore
3. Three Local Equipment Rooms (LER) for installation on the new platform topsides

The EPC contract covers the engineering, procurement, fabrication, mechanical completion, commissioning assistance and load out of Living Quarters Module weighing 3,200 tonnes and the Power from Shore Module weighing 900 tonnes.

The scope of work for the three LERs covers engineering, procurement, fabrication, mechanical completion and load out.

SLP Engineering Limited will perform this work from their facilities in Lowestoft, UK.

The Valhall partners intend to develop a new combined living- and process installation to replace the original installations on the field. The whole field will be supplied with power from a 292km long power cable from Lista. The existing gas turbines will be decommissioned when the new installation starts operating in 2010. This will make Valhall one of the most environmental friendly fields offshore Norway and will result in a safer and more efficient source of power supply.

The new production and hotel platform is planned to be in operation during 2010 and has the following main features: design life 40 years, bed capacity 180, oil production capacity 120 mbopd, gas handling capacity 143 mmscf/d, total liquid capacity 200 mbpd (oil and water), design dry weight: topsides/ process utility 13 000 tonnes, hotel module 3400 tonnes, substructure-steel 7500 tonnes. The Valhall field is located in PL006 / Block 2/8 in the Norwegian North Sea. It was discovered in 1975 and came on stream in 1982.

The licensees are: BP Norge As 28.1% (operator), Hess Norge 28.1%, Norske Shell AS 28.1% and Total E&P Norge As 15.7%. The Valhall complex consists of five separate steel platforms for: quarters, drilling, wellheads, production and water injection respectively. The platforms are bridge-connected. In addition the field has two unmanned flank platforms, one in the south and one in the north, both around 6 kilometers from the field center and Hod Field production is also processed at the Valhall Complex.