US-based oilfield services supplier Baker Hughes has been awarded a NOK 3bn ($510.13m) contract by Statoil to provide integrated drilling services for 25 oil fields in the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).
Under the agreement, Baker Hughes will provide directional drilling, measurement-while-drilling, logging-while-drilling, mud logging and 24/7 onshore support and drilling engineering services.
Oystein Arvid Haland, Statoil head of drilling, said the agreement calls for development of improved drilling efficiency.
"If we are going to achieve our long-term production goals, we must drill more cost-efficient wells," Haland added.
"By awarding the agreement to Baker Hughes, Statoil will benefit from their proven technical expertise and extensive experience on the NCS and we look forward to continuing our long standing relationship with this supplier."
Drilling services will be performed on the installations Brage, Dagny, Eirin, Grane, Heidrun TLP, Heidrun SS, Kristin Kvitebjørn, Njord, Norne, Morvin Oseberg B/C/Sør, Oseberg Øst, Sleipner, Skuld, Snøhvit, Tyrihans, Troll, Volve, Vega, Veslefrikk, Aasta Hansteen and Åsgard.
Bente Aleksandersen, Statoil senior vice president of Operation in Development and Production Norway, said: "Work processes with integrated operations are a way of sharing the knowledge between offshore personnel, experts onshore, our own management and our suppliers during operations."
The deal focuses on integrated operations, which calls for the integration of people, multidiscipline work processes and collaborative technologies, which will enable interaction between installations, onshore support groups, experts and other vendors.
The contract is expected to begin in third quarter of 2012 and will have two two-year operational extensions.
Image: The agreement includes 24/7 onshore support and drilling engineering services. Credit, courtesy of: Øyvind Hagen.