Vega fields off Norway due subsea systems

Norsk Hydro AS let a $200 million contract to FMC Technologies Inc. for subsea systems for Hydro's Vega and Vega South gas-condensate fields on Blocks 35/8 and 35/11 in 380 m of water in the Norwegian North Sea.

Mar 30th, 2007

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Mar. 30 -- Norsk Hydro AS let a $200 million contract to FMC Technologies Inc. for subsea systems for Hydro's Vega and Vega South gas-condensate fields on Blocks 35/8 and 35/11 in 380 m of water in the Norwegian North Sea.

FMC will supply six subsea trees, three manifolds with protection structures, related control systems, and a workover system. The systems will be engineered and manufactured at the company's facilities in Kongsberg, Norway, and Dunfermline, Scotland.

Deliveries are scheduled for April 2009.

Vega is expected to recover about 18 billion standard cu m of gas and 26 million bbl of condensate. Production is expected to start in October 2010. At peak, production will reach 7 million cu m/day and 25,000 b/d.

Field development calls for two production wells to be drilled at each of three well templates. Each template will have space for two more wells to accommodate possible later need for other production wells or the phasing in of nearby resources.

Vega gas will be shipped via a joint pipeline from Gjøa gas field 30 km away. The pipeline will be tied into the UK Flags Pipeline System and thus to the gas receiving terminal at St. Fergus, Scotland.

Condensate will be transported through an oil pipeline also from Gjøa. This pipeline will be tied into the Troll Oil Pipeline II, which will transport the hydrocarbons to the Statoil-operated 200,000 b/cd Mongstad refinery north of Bergen.

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