SMOE and Mustang win Ivar Aasen topsides EPC
Previously named Draupne, the Ivar Aasen project is taking a leap with the decision made by Det norske and its partners Statoil and Bayerngas to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to a team of contractors made of SMOE and Mustang from the Wood Group.
The Ivar Aasen oil and gas field is located further west than giant Johan Sverdrup, at 180 kilometers of Stavanger but still in the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS).
Because of its position, the Ivar Aasen field lies by only 112 meter water depth and includes the permits for the blocks PL 001B, PL028B, PL 242.
From these three blocks, the Ivar Aasen project is due to extract approximately 150 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe).
In these blocks, Det norske shares the working interests so that:
– Det norske 35% is the operator
– Statoil 50%
– Bayerngas 15%
The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) proposed by Det norske to the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy covers three discoveries to be developed together within the Ivar Aasen project.
Scheduled in two phases, the development of these discoveries includes:
– Phase 1 Ivar Aasen and West cable fields
– Phase 2 Hanz field
For this Ivar Aasen project, Det norske and its partners have planned an oil and gas processing platform above Ivar Aasen field.
Then, the Hanz field will be tied-in later in the Ivar Aasen platform with flowlines and umbilicals.
Ivar Aasen to be connected to Statoil Edvard Greig
The oil and gas will be partially processed on the Ivar Aasen platform, then transferred to the neighboring Edvard Gried platform under development for final processing and export.
In counter part, the Edvard Gried platform will return gas lift to the Ivar Aasen platform and will supply it with electrical power supply as part of the large electrical scheme of power from shore.
The Ivar Aasen platform has been designed to operate from start with electrical power supply and remote control room in order to minimize staff on board.
The operating center and the control room of the Ivar Aasen platform are to be located onshore in Det norske Trondheim facilities.
As a result the Ivar Aasen platform will be equipped with 70 cabins and only 23 people permanently in operations.
For the operations, the Ivar Aasen platform is designed for process, drilling and quarter (PDQ) comprising:
– Processing module
– Gas compression module
– Oil and gas separation module
– Water injection module
– Metering module
– Utilities module
– Flare boom
Aker Solutions completed the front end engineering and design (FEED) for Ivar Aasen field development at the end of 2012, allowing Det norske to make the final investment decision (FID) in following and to award the engineering, construction and procurement (EPC) contract for the topsides of the PDQ platform to Singapore Sembcorp Marine’s subsidiary SMOE for the amount of $730 million capital expenditure.
This Ivar Aasen PDQ platform deck will weight 13,700 tonnes.
The construction is scheduled to start on December 2013 as production is due to start in 2016
Det norske and its partners Statoil and Bayerngas are planning a production from the Ivar Aasen project of 45,000 boe per day and to reach a plateau production of 65,000 boe/d in 2019 with an expected lifespan of 20 years production.