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Total lets engineering contract for Hild, offshore Norway

Total E&P Norge AS let a 215 million kroner contract to Aker Solutions for basic engineering to develop Hild field on Norwegian Sea production licenses 40 and 43.

The contract is for engineering of the topsides, jacket, floating storage and offloading vessel, turret and mooring, subsea umbilicals, risers, pipelines, flowlines, transportation, and installation. Aker Solutions expects to finish the work in summer of 2012 and said the engineering work covers more detail then a normal frontend engineering and design study for field development.

Aker Solutions will do the topsides engineering in Oslo and the turret and mooring work in Kristiansand, Norway.

Hild, discovered in 1978, is an oil and gas field about 160 km offshore Norway and 42 km west of the Oseberg field. Water depth is 100-120 m. The unitized field lies on Blocks 29-9, 30-7, 29-6, and 30-4.

The reservoirs are structurally complex, and contain gas at high temperatures and pressure. Three reservoirs are in Middle Jurassic sandstones of the Brent Group at a 3,700–4,400 m depth. Oil also was found in an Eocene reservoir at about 1,750 m.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate estimates that the field's recoverable resources are 5.1 million cu m of oil, 16.3 billion cu m of gas, 0.2 million tonnes of NGL, and 3 million cu m of condensate.

The license owners are operator Total E&P Norge 49%, Statoil 21%, and Petoro AS 30%.

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