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Subsea contractor Ocean Installer has chartered a vessel from Island Offshore for work in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway. The Island Victory deep water installation vessel will support development programmes on Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields.

Askeladd project is part of Snøhvit gas field in the Barents Sea, which also includes the Snøhvit and Albatross fields.

Meanwhile, the Johan Castberg field development is located in production licence PL 532, 100km northwest of the Snøhvit field.

At Askeladd field, work will include the installation of subsea manifolds, as well as performing surveys and other subsea activity. This work will be executed with the vessel’s two work remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and its 250t offshore crane.

At Johan Castberg, the vessel will install a mooring system including 15 suction anchors and 11,450m of 170mm diameter chain, with the latter weighing about 590kg/m in air.

Island Offshore Management managing director Tommy Walaunet said: “The vessel and its crew have already completed some heavy jobs in the Barents Sea this winter.

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“Island Victory has carried out several pre-lays of anchor systems – jobs where she substituted three vessels alone, proving unparalleled capacity and significant savings both for the customer and for the environment. It also reduces operational risk.

“We are very pleased to be awarded these jobs by Ocean Installer, and hope that this can be the beginning of a long lasting collaboration between our companies.”

In January 2018, Equinor awarded a contract to Aker to provide subsea production systems and services, as well as installation and commissioning support services for the Askeladd project.