Aker BP has awarded contracts to Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 for the Kobra East & Gekko (KEG) field development in the North Sea.

The contract awarded to Aker Solutions involves a subsea production system for the KEG field located in the Alvheim area of the North Sea.

According to estimates, the KEG field contains recoverable reserves of around 40 million barrels of oil equivalents (mmboe).

Aker Solutions will provide four horizontal subsea trees, three manifolds, control systems, three static subsea umbilicals, along with associated tie-in equipment and installation work.

The firm plans to commence work immediately with final deliveries expected in the first quarter of 2023.

Subsea 7’s work includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the pipelines, spools, protection cover and tie-ins using key vessels from Subsea 7’s fleet.

Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway, plan to immediately start project management and engineering.

Pipeline fabrication work will be conducted at the firm’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway, while offshore operations are planned in 2022 and 2023.

Subsea 7 Norway vice-president Monica Bjørkmann said: “This award continues our long-standing collaboration with Aker BP, through the Aker BP Subsea Alliance.

“The partnership enables Subsea 7 to engage early in the field development process, optimising design solutions and contributing to a positive final investment decision.”

The project includes a subsea tie-back of around 8km to the Alvheim floating production storage and offloading (FPSO). This will be carried out via the existing Kneler B subsea manifold.

Aker BP anticipates carbon dioxide emissions per barrel to be halved and oil production from the Alvheim FPSO to double when KEG starts production.