DNV GL has secured a contract from Wintershall Norges to support the Maria field development project in the Haltenbanken region of the Norwegian Sea.
The Nkr30m ($3.95m) contract is expected to run until 2018. DNV GL will be the sole supplier for the combined role of independent verification body (IVB) and third-party design verification scope for the subsea, umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF).
The IVB role covers all phases from design through commissioning, while the third-party verification role covers design and options for involvement in the fabrication, manufacturing, installation and commissioning phase.
DNV GL business development manager Sture Angelsen said: "We are delighted to be part of Wintershall’s first field development in Norway.
"By being able to deliver both the IVB and third-party design verification, we are able to help streamline the project execution."
The Maria prospect is located on the centre of Halten Terrace, 3km to the north-west of Smorbukk Sor and 5km south to the Trestakk oil discovery.
It is divided into two segments, the Maria South and the Maria North. Both segments are located on the slope of a surface on the south-west and north-east of the 6406/3-5 well.
The Maria prospect includes Blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3, which lie in water depths of 243m. These blocks occupy an area of 496km².
It will be developed using a subsea facility tied through rigid flowlines and flexible risers to Kristin with gas lift being supplied from Åsgard B via Tyrihans and sulphate reduced sea water supplied with injection pressure from Heidrun.
The discovery is estimated to produce about 188 million barrels of oil equivalent oil and gas. First oil is planned in autumn 2018.
Image: The figure illustrates the Maria Field and the Kristin, Heidrun, Tyrihans and Åsgard fields that are part of the development concept. Photo: courtesy of DNV GL AS.