Aker BP orders subsea items for Ærfugl-Skarv tieback

Aker BP has awarded two of the main contracts for its 21-kilometre (13-mile) Ærfugl tieback to the Skarv FPSO in the Norwegian Sea.


Aker Solutions will supply the subsea production system for the three-well first phase of the development, comprising wellheads, vertical subsea trees, a tie-in module, and an umbilical riser base.


The contract includes an option for further equipment for Ærfugl Phase 2.


Aker Solutions will produce the components at its bases in Norway, Malaysia, and the UK.


Ærfugl is a gas condensate field around 210 kilometres (130 miles) offshore Sandnessjøen.


Production is due to start in late 2020.


Subsea 7 will apply its electrically heat traced flowline technology for the tieback to the FPSO, under an EPCI contract.


The company will manage the project and associated engineering from its offices in Stavanger, and will fabricate the flowline at its spoolbase in Vigra, Norway.


Offshore installation will follow in 2019-2020. This contract too carries an option for further deliveries for Phase 2 of the development.