BP has chosen Aker Kvaerner to perform the detail engineering, procurement and construction management assistance (EPcma) for the Skarv field development in the Norwegian Sea
. Since November 2005, Aker Kvaerner has been involved with the project, performing the front end engineering design of the complete production ship (FPSO) and intermediate engineering of the topsides.
The new EPcma contract covers detail engineering and procurement work for the 16.000 ton FPSO topsides as well as construction management assistance to BP. On peak, the project will engage over 400 people from Aker Kvaerner. The production start for the field is scheduled for August 2011.
The Skarv oil and gas field was discovered in 1998, and it has taken close to 10 years to mature the field to its current stage. The FPSO will be installed in the Norwegian Sea, approximately 200 kilometres west of the Norwegian city Sandnessjøen, between the Norne field (35 kilometres to the north) and Heidrun (45 kilometres to the south) in water depths between 350 and 450 metres. The development will also include the Idun gas field discovered
The contract parties are Aker Kvaerner Engineering & Technology AS and BP Norge AS. The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) was submitted to the Norwegian Authorities June 29. The award is subject to final approval of the PDO by the Norwegian parliament.