DNV GL has secured a cross-service contract to support a Shell redevelopment project at Penguins field, located on the UK Continental Shelf.

Under the contract, DNV GL will offer integrated verification and class services to the project for the Penguins floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

To implement the Shell redevelopment project, a team in the UK will work in collaboration with DNV GL Offshore Class unit in Norway and the DNV GL yard team in China and the Philippines.

DNV GL project manager Justin Fletcher said: “DNV GL has been supporting Shell with this project since 2015, and it is very exciting to finally reach the execution phase. I’m looking forward to delivering this flagship project with our international team.”

“The Penguins field is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil and is located 150 miles north east of the Shetland Islands with a depth of 165m.”

The Penguins field is a 50-50 joint venture between Shell and ExxonMobil and is located 150 miles north-east of the Shetland Islands with a depth of 165m.

It was discovered in 1974 and first developed in 2002. It is currently operated by Shell.

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DNV GL is currently engaged with design approval and the initial phases of steel cutting and plans to deliver the FPSO in the first quarter of 2021 from COOEC in Qingdao, China.

DNV GL Oil & Gas UK and West Africa regional manager Hari Vamadevan said: “We are starting to see an increase in activity in the North Sea. It is good news. This contract award from Shell brings with it a renewed optimism in the UKCS.”

In January this year, Shell announced a final investment decision on the redevelopment of the Penguins field, which currently processes oil and gas using four existing drill centres tied back to the Brent Charlie platform.