Lundin lets contract for Brynhild development offshore Norway

By OGJ editors

A unit of Lundin Petroleum AB signed a 700 million kroner contract with Aker Solutions for the engineering, procurement, and construction of a subsea production system for the Brynhild project, offshore Norway.

Brynhild, discovered in 1992, is in about 80 m of water on Block 7/7 in production license 148, adjacent to the Norwegian-UK border. Lundin plans to develop the field with three subsea wells tied back to the Shell-operated Pierce floating, production, and offloading vessel on Blocks 23/22a and 23/27 in the UK North Sea.

Lundin estimates that Brynhild holds about 20 million boe and plans to produce the field at rates up to 12,000 boe/d.

The company submitted a development and operation plan for Brynhild field (formerly called Nemo) to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in mid-2011 (OGJ, Aug. 8, 2011, Newsletter).

The scope of work under the contract with Aker Solutions includes the delivery of one template-manifold structure, one riser base, three subsea trees, three wellhead systems, control system, a tie-in system, 38 km of umbilicals, high-pressure riser, and rental tooling. The contract contains several options for additional equipment, including other field developments.

Aker Solutions will primarily perform the management, engineering, and procurement of the subsea production system from Oslo. It plans to fabricate the subsea trees in Tranby, Norway, the template-manifolds in Egersund, Norway, the umbilical in Moss, Norway, and deliver the wellhead systems from Aberdeen.

Its service base in Aagotnes, Norway, will handle the installation and commissioning work. Aker Solutions expects to make final deliveries in second-quarter 2013.

Operator Lundin Norway AS has a 50% working interest. Partners are Talisman Energy Norge AS 30% and Noreco ASA 20%.

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