Statoil awards subsea contracts for the Troll Phase 3 and Askeladd projects

January 23, 2018 07:21 CET
The Troll A platform in the North Sea. (Photo: Harald Pettersen)

Statoil has, on behalf of the license partners, awarded EPC contracts for the delivery of subsea production systems and services for the Troll Phase 3 project in the North Sea and the Askeladd project in the Barents Sea, respectively, to Aker Solutions. The contracts have a total estimated value of between NOK 1.5-2 billion kroner. The contracts include installation and commissioning support services.

“With the award of these contracts a milestone has been reached in two important Statoil projects. The Troll field is key to the role of the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) as a gas exporter to Europe. Thanks to Troll Phase 3 we may maintain this role for decades to come. Located in the Barents Sea Askeladd will provide feedstock for the Snøhvit LNG plant at Melkøya off the coast of Hammerfest. I look forward to working closely with Aker Solutions in these two development projects, which will help add long-term production and value on the NCS,” says Torger Rød, Statoil’s senior vice president for project development.

The Snøhvit partnership is planning an investment decision for Askeladd in March 2018. As settled with government authorities it will not be necessary to submit a new plan for development and operation (PDO) for approval, as the project will be part of the existing PDO for the Snøhvit field.

The contract award is subject to the partnership’s investment decision.

The Troll partnership is planning an investment decision and submission of the PDO in the third quarter of 2018. The contract award is subject to the partnership’s investment decision and government approval of the PDO.

Torger Rød
Torger Rød, Statoil’s senior vice president for project development.
(Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland)
Portrait - Pål Eitrheim
Pål Eitrheim, Statoil’s chief procurement officer. (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen)

“A competent and competitive supply industry is essential to the further development of the NCS. The contract with Aker Solutions focuses on standardisation, simplified requirements and a sustainable cost level. This provides a solid foundation, not just for project implementation, but also for safe and efficient Troll and Askeladd operations. I look forward to continuing our collaboration towards this end,” says Statoil’s chief procurement officer, Pål Eitrheim.

The contracts awarded for Troll 3 and Askeladd are part of the contractual framework signed between Statoil and several suppliers within the subsea segment in the autumn of 2017, in the same way as similar contacts for the Johan Castberg and Snorre Expansion projects.  

  • Troll Phase 3 covers the development of the large gas reserves in the western part of the Troll field
  • Located about 60 kilometres west of Sognefjorden the Troll field is the most prolific field on the NCS
  • The field is located in some 330 metres of water, about 25 kilometres north-west of the Troll A platform
  • The development concept includes a subsea development system consisting of two subsea templates (each with four well slots), 8 production wells and tie-in to the Troll A platform
  • Troll Phase 3 will be powered from shore through the Troll A platform, ensuring very low CO2 emissions
  • Troll Phase 3 is scheduled to come on stream in the second quarter of 2021
  • Troll Phase 3 is part of the unitised Troll field (Troll unit)
  • Partners: Statoil (30.58 % - operator), Petoro (56 %), Norske Shell (8.10 %), Total E&P Norge (3.69 %) and ConocoPhillips Skandinavia (1.62 %)
  • Discovered in 1981 Askeladd consists of the North, South, Gamma and West segments
  • Askeladd is part of the plan for development and operation (PDO) for Snøhvit LNG (approved in 2002). Snøhvit came on stream in 2007
  • The field is located in about 250 metres of water, some 40 kilometres from the existing Snøhvit development some 140 kilometres north-west of Hammerfest
  • The concept for Askeladd initially consists of two subsea templates, each with 4 well slots. They will be tied in to the existing infrastructure
  • Three wells are planned to be drilled, one in each of the North, South and Gamma segments
  • Askeladd is scheduled to come on stream in the third quarter of 2020
  • The well stream from Askeladd will be produced through the existing infrastructure towards the Snøhvit LNG plant, where the gas will be cooled down and shipped from Melkøya in a liquid state
  • For Askeladd it is a letter of intent that is submitted to Aker Solutions 
  • Snøhvit partners: Statoil (36.79 % - operator), Petoro (30.00 %), Total E&P Norge (18.40 %), Engie E&P Norge AS (12.00 %) and DEA Norge AS (2.81 %)

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