Equinor has awarded a contract to Aker Solutions to tie back the Berling, previously known as Iris and Hades gas fields, offshore Norway to the Åsgard B platform.

Under the contract, Aker Solutions will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) to tie back the two offshore gas fields to the floating production platform.

Aker Solutions did not disclose the value of the contract but termed it as a ‘sizeable contract’ that could be worth between $50.4m and $151.2m (Nkr500m and Nkr1.5bn).

The firm plans to start EPCIC for the Iris field immediately while EPCIC for the Hades field is expected to commence in September 2023.

Aker is planning to begin offshore mobilisation in November 2025 and conclude the tie-back project in December 2027. Following this, production from the fields will commence in 2028.

The company plans to execute detail engineering, procurement and shop engineering from its Trondheim office in Norway with support from Bergen, Norway and Mumbai, India.

Aker Solutions Electrification, Maintenance and Modifications (EMM) business head and executive vice-president Paal Eikeseth said: “The expected recoverable reserves are estimated to around 45 million barrels of oil equivalent, consisting mostly of gas. The tiebacks will enable a significant contribution to energy security in Europe.”

“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.”

Upon completion of the FEED project in 2022, Aker continued an interim phase to optimise the technical solution for the tie-in at the Åsgard B gas and condensate platform.

Earlier this year, TotalEnergies had selected Aker Solutions to provide the subsea production system for the Lapa South-West oil project offshore Brazil.