DONG E&P Norge orders Trym subsea equipment

Guntis Moritis
OGJ Production Editor

HOUSTON, Mar. 26 -- DONG E&P Norge AS has awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction contract to Aker Subsea AS, a unit of Aker Solutions ASA, for subsea production equipment to develop Trym natural gas and condensate field off Norway.

Trym, discovered in 1990, lies in 65 m of water in Norway's North Sea on Block 3/7-4, near the Norwegian-Danish boundary. The field is 300 km southwest of Kristiansand, Norway.

DONG E&P, in its 2.4 billion Danish kroner development plan submitted to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in October 2008, said it will develop Trym with two horizontal subsea completed wells tied back, via a 6-km pipeline, to Harald production platform in Danish waters. Maersk Olie og Gas AS operates and controls Harald.

DONG E&P plans to transport the produced gas from Harald via DONG Energy's gas pipeline to the Tyra platform and onwards to Nybro in Denmark or Den Helder in the Netherlands. It will move the condensate from Harald via Gorm field to Fredericia in Denmark through DONG Energy's liquids pipeline.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2008 Facts, says Trym has reserves of 3.4 million cu m of gas and 700,000 cu m of condensate.

Aker says the 400 million NOK engineering, procurement, and construction contract includes trees, controls, wellheads, the tie-in system, a four-slot template with manifold, 6-km of steel tube umbilicals, a high-pressure riser, tools, and life-cycle services for the two-well development.

DONG E&P expects Trym production to begin by yearend 2010.

Aker plans to manufacture most of the equipment in its Norwegian facilities such as subsea trees at Tranby, umbilicals at Moss, template and manifold at Egersund, and the subsea control systems in Aberdeen. It expects to make final equipment deliveries in June 2010.

Operator DONG E&P has a 40% interest in the production license. Its partners are Bayerngas Norge AS 50% and Faroe Petroleum Norge AS 10%.

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