BHGE and Ocean Installer consortium wins Balder X subsea contract

30 September 2019 (Last Updated September 30th, 2019 12:02)

A consortium of Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Norwegian subsea contractor Ocean Installer has received a subsea contract for the Balder X project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) from Vår Energi.

BHGE and Ocean Installer consortium wins Balder X subsea contract
Vår Energi has awarded Balder X subsea contract to BHGE and Ocean Installer. Credit: Vår Energi.

A consortium of Baker Hughes, a GE company, and Norwegian subsea contractor Ocean Installer has received a subsea contract for the Balder X project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) from Vår Energi.

Under the contract, the award winners will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of subsea systems and associated services for the Balder X project.

The consortium companies will execute EPCI services for 16 new subsea production systems (SPS), umbilicals, risers and flowlines to the Jotun A floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

They will also proceed with decommissioning work in the field and clean up the seabed by removing redundant subsea systems and equipment from the Jotun field.

BHGE oilfield equipment president and CEO Neil Saunders said: “Working closely with Vår Energi and Ocean Installer, we will deploy the key components of Subsea Connect, including early engagement, advanced field-proven technology, flexible partnerships and digital solutions to improve project economics.”

The contract also includes the redevelopment of the Ringhorne field area in the North Sea.

Ocean Installer CEO Kevin Murphy said: “Furthermore, this project cements our close relationship with BHGE and provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the strength and unique qualities of both companies in an integrated delivery.”

Redevelopment activities of the subsea contract include refurbishment and relocation of the Jotun A FPSO to extend the production life until 2045 and life of the Balder FPSO to 2030. The joint development will also include drilling 15 new production wells in the Balder field area and11 new production wells in the Ringhorne field.