Equinor ASA has let an engineering, procurement, and construction contract (EPC) to Aker Solutions ASA for the fifth subsea compression module at Åsgard gas field, about 200 km offshore Norway in 240-310 m water depth.
The new module will be a copy of the previously awarded fourth module and will partly be built reusing existing equipment. It will be installed with limited need to interrupt production.
Engineering will be carried out mainly at Aker Solutions’ offices in Fornebu, Norway, and the fabrication work will be done at Aker Solutions’ yard in Egersund, Norway. The module expected to be ready for delivery in August 2024.
The Åsgard subsea gas compression system was delivered by Aker Solutions and installed in 2015. Existing compression modules are being refurbished and upgraded to accommodate a higher compression ratio to enhance production and extend the field’s lifetime during declining reservoir pressure (OGJ Online, March 4, 2021). The system also is designed for continuous liquid injection in the compression module, making it a wet gas compression solution.
Gas from Åsgard is piped through Åsgard Transport to Kårstø, north of Stavanger. Installations at Åsgard have delivered more than 2.8 billion boe.
Equinor is operator at Åsgard (34.57%), with partners Petoro AS (35.69%), Vår Energi AS (22.06%), and Total E&P Norge AS (7.68%).