LNG gasterminal Melkøya

Statoil Petroleum has awarded a contract to a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler‘s global engineering and construction group to perform a study for the Snøhvit improvement project two at Melkøya.

The field is located 450km north of the Arctic Circle in Norway.

As part of the concept study, Foster Wheeler will define long-term solutions to achieve the objectives of the Snøhvit partnership.

The objectives include increasing the operating performance of the Melkøya LNG facility and increasing the plant’s capacity and feed gas flexibility.

The LNG plant is expected to release 920,000t of CO2 annually.

Foster Wheeler global engineering and construction group CEO Roberto Penno said: "We have been working with Statoil and its Snøhvit partners for more than five years.

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to continue to add value for our client through the application of our LNG expertise and our brownfield experience to develop innovative technical and project execution approaches."

Statoil, the operator, holds a 33.53% stake in the Snøhvit field, and other stakeholders include Petoro (30%), TotalFinaElf (18.4%), Gaz de France (12%), Amerada Hess (3.26%) and RWE Dea (2.81%).

"The study is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2014."

According to Foster Wheeler, the contract value has not been disclosed and will be included in the company’s fourth-quarter 2013 bookings.

The study is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2014.

The Snøhvit development consists of three fields, Snøhvit, Albatross and Askeladd, which lie in the Barents Sea, about 140km north-west of Hammerfest in northern Norway.

Image: LNG gas terminal Melkøya. Photo: courtesy of Janter.