LONDON, Dec. 21 BP Norway has let a 300 million kroner contract to Aker Kvaerner to tow and install a floating production, storage, and offloading system (FPSO) at Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea.
Aker Marine Contractors, a subsidiary, will use the offshore construction vessel BOA SUB C for 2010 preinstallation of the 15-leg mooring system in water as deep as 3,000 m. "The vessel is equipped with diesel-electric propulsion, dynamic positioning class, 3,400 tonnes active heave compensated crane, and 600 tonnes anchor handling winch," Aker Kvaerner said.
Planning and engineering will start in January, and transportation and installation of the complete FPSO will be executed in 2011. BP wants to develop Skarv and nearby Idun gas field simultaneously, using the FPSO, which will lie in the Norwegian Sea 200 km west of Sandnessjoen, Norway. It will be installed between Norne field, 35 km to the north, and Heidrun, 45 km to the south (OGJ Online, Sep. 21)
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