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Subsea 7 to deploy equipment in North Sea gas field

16th November 2012

Subsea 7 bags USD 800m SURF contract from Total for offshore works on North Sea subsea facilities

Subsea 7 equipment deployed in North Sea gas field
The Martin Linge gas field holds estimated recoverable reserves of 189 million barrels of oil equivalent

UK-based oilfield services firm Subsea 7 will see its technology and expertise used in offshore operations in the North Sea, off Norway, as part of a new USD 800m contract awarded by French oil giant Total.

Subsea 7 has bagged a USD 800m subsea, umbilical, riser and flowline (SURF) contract with Total for offshore works on the French giant’s subsea facilities at the Martin Linge, formerly Hild field in the North Sea, off Norway, the company said on Thursday.

The contract includes a 160-kilometre power cable connecting the Martin Linges platform to Kollsnes, a 70-kilometre export pipeline and associated valve structure, umbilical and spools for the gas export system, a 55-kilometre fibre optic cable and a three-kilometre pipeline and riser system from the platform to the floating storage unit (FSU). The contract also covers the transport and installation of the mooring system for the FSU.

The UK firm will deploy various pipelay, construction, diving, ploughing, trenching and survey vessels during the offshore period. The recently-delivered Seven Borealis will install the gas export pipeline on the project.

“This project is the largest SURF contract ever awarded on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and as such represents a step change for our sector in Norway,” Subsea 7 vice president, Norway, Stuart Fitzgerald.

Engineering and project management work will start immediately at Subsea 7’s office in Stavanger, Norway. The contract is expected to last roughly four years, with offshore operations slated to bring in the spring of 2014.

The Martin Linge gas field is situated in the northern North Sea in roughly 120 meters of water. It is co-owned by Total (operator, 51 per cent) and Norwegian companies Statoil (19 per cent) and state-owned Petoro (30 per cent). The field holds estimated recoverable reserves of 189 million barrels of oil equivalent.

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