Aker Solutions awarded Åsgård B Berling tie-back project
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27 March 2023
Aker Solutions has been awarded a sizeable (between NOK 0.5 billion and NOK 1.5 billion) contract by Equinor to tie back the two gas fields, previously known as Iris and Hades, now named Berling, to the Åsgard B platform.
The Berling tie-in to Åsgard B is an EPCIC project, comprising engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning. The purpose of the project is to tie back the two gas fields previously known as Iris and Hades to the Åsgard B platform. Two EPCIC scopes define the project: the first commences immediately, and the second in September 2023. Offshore mobilisation will begin in November 2025, and the tie-back is to be completed in December 2027. Production start is planned to 2028.
"The expected recoverable reserves are estimated to around 45 million barrels of oil equivalent, consisting mostly of gas. The tie-backs will enable a significant contribution to energy security in Europe,” said Paal Eikeseth, executive vice-president and head of Aker Solutions' Electrification, Maintenance and Modifications (EMM) business.
Aker Solutions completed a project FEED in August 2022 and continued in an interim phase to further develop scope and optimize the technical solution for the tie-in at Åsgard B.
The project is being managed from Aker Solutions offices in central Norway. Detail engineering, procurement and shop engineering are to be executed by Aker Solutions` Trondheim office with support from Bergen and Mumbai.
While several Aker Solutions offices will be engaged in the engineering phase, construction and prefabrication will be executed at the company’s yard in Egersund.
Berling is located on the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea about 23 kilometers south-east of the Åsgard field.
"We are excited to follow this major development of Berling and continue the third consecutive tie-in project to Åsgard B following the Halten Øst and Smørbukk Nord projects. Together, these projects constitute a significant portfolio of modification projects at Åsgard B where existing infrastructure is being utilized” Eikeseth said.
The contract will be booked in the EMM-segment as order intake for the first quarter of 2023.