Equinor awards more Njord A work to Kvaerner

The Njord A platform being towed by the anchor handling tug supply vessel "KL Sandefjord". (Photo: Thomas Sola/Equinor)

Norway’s Equinor has awarded Kvaerner an additional scope at Njord A to enable the platform to receive oil from the VNG Norge-operated Fenja field, which is located in the Norwegian Sea. 

Kvaerner said on Friday that the additional scope has an estimated value of approximately NOK 500 million ($61.6 million).

On March 17, 2017, Kvaerner signed a contract with Equinor for the complete upgrading of the Njord A floating production platform. The platform was previously towed to Kværner’s yard at Stord and was moved into the dry dock in December 2016.

This contract includes the full upgrading of hull and topside, a scope which will enable the contract to produce oil and gas for decades ahead.

In addition to production from the Njord field, the platform will also receive oil and gas from the adjacent, Equinor-operated Bauge and Hyme fields.

Around last Christmas, it was decided that the field Fenja (previously known as Pil og bue) will also be connected to Njord A.

Fenja is an offshore field located in the Norwegian Sea, approximately 120 kilometers north of the city Kristiansund. The operator VNG Norge delivered a plan for development and operation last December, a suggested solution with two subsea templates and six wells which will be tied back to Njord A. Norwegian government approved the plan for the Fenja field in April.

The effect is that the platform must also be equipped to receive and process the oil from Fenja, in addition to the existing ongoing scope. This means additional work with fabrication and installation in several different areas on the platform, Kvaerner explained.

The new scope for Fenja will be completed during the spring of 2020, simultaneously with the other work at the platform.

Equinor is the operator of Njord field with a 20% interest. Its partners are Engie E&P Norge with a 40%, DEA Norge with 30%, Faroe Petroleum with a7.5% interest and VNG with the remaining 2.5 interest.

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