Gundrun to be developed via steel production platform: Aker wins first contract, others coming

Statoil (STO) and its partners on the Gudrun oil and gas field have submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) to the Norwegian authorities. Located in the North Sea, the Gudrun field will be developed via a steel production platform.

The partnership unanimously approved the submission of the PDO, and the first major contract has been awarded on the development to Aker Solutions.

Gudrun Field Development

For an estimated investment of NOK 21 billion (US $3.5 billion), the Gudrun field will be developed via seven production wells tied to a steel production platform. Produced oil and gas will be transported to the Sleipner a facility, and power for the development will be supplied by cable from Sleipner East.

The Gudrun production platform will house 16 well slots, where extra well slots will be used for additional drilling to boost production from both Gudrun and nearby fields. The production facility will also be capable of partial processing of both oil and gas. Furthermore, the Gudrun facility will include 40 cabins for on-site personnel.

Production is scheduled to commence at Gudrun in 2014.

Gudrun Contracts Let

For a consideration of approximately NOK 450 million (US $76 million), Aker Solutions has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the production platform’s steel jacket.

Detailed engineering on the jacket commenced immediately, and construction will start in July 201. The jacket work will be performed at Aker Solutions Verdal fabrication yard, and the completed 7,100-tonne jacket is scheduled to be delivered by the summer of 2011.

Other major contracts that will soon be awarded on the Gudrun oil and gas field include the construction of the topsides, processing equipment and living quarters. Additionally, modification work on Sleipner A will be required.

Furthermore, heavy lift and installation contracts will be awarded, as well as subsea pipeline fabrication and installation. Additional oil and gas drilling at Gudrun is also required.

Gudrun project partners will issue invitations to tender for the work in the near future, with the contracts being awarded after that.

Gudrun Oil and Gas Field

The Gudrun oil and gas field is located in the Norwegian North Sea on Production License 025, just 55 kilometers north of the Sleipner infrastructure. Located in waters measuring from 4,200 to 4,700 meters of water, the Gudrun reservoir is estimated to contain approximately 132 million barrels of oil equivalent.

The field is a High Pressure/ High Temperature (HP/HT) one, with pressure within the reservoir reaching up to 820 bar. First discovered in 1974, the Gudrun oil and gas field will utilize recently developed HP/HT and deepwater technologies.

Statoil serves as the operator of Gudrun with 46.8 percent interest. Partners on the field include Marathon with 28.2 percent and GdF Suez with 25 percent.

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