Offshore installation and construction firm Subsea 7 has secured a sizeable contract by Aker BP for the Hod Field Development Project in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea.

The Hod oil and gas field lies at a water depth of 72m, 12km south of the Valhall field complex.

It is operated by Aker BP with a 90% working interest and is co-owned by Pandion Energy with a 10% interest. Production from the Hod field started in August 1990.

The redevelopment project involves a new wellhead platform ‘Hod B’, tied back to the nearby Valhall field centre via rigid pipelines and an umbilical.

Under the work scope of the contract, Subsea 7 will provide engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) for pipelines, umbilicals, as well as tie-ins using vessels from its own fleet.

Subsea 7 said: “The production pipeline is a pipe-in-pipe design and will include the world’s first application of mechanically lined pipe based on GluBi technology from BUTTING.”

Subsea 7 will manage the project and engineering from its offices in Stavanger, Norway, while pipelines fabrication work will take place at the company’s spool base at Vigra in Norway.

According to the company, offshore operations are expected to start between 2020 and 2021.

Subsea 7 Norway vice-president Monica Bjørkmann said: “Subsea 7 is very pleased with this award by Aker BP, through the Aker BP Subsea Alliance. It acknowledges Subsea 7 as a key partner in the delivery of pioneering technology, transforming the economics of field development.

“We look forward to continuing our alliance with Aker BP for the Hod Field Development, with safety, reliability and quality at the forefront throughout.”

Last month, Norway-based Kvaerner secured a contract from Aker BP to deliver the topside and steel substructure for the unmanned wellhead platform at the Hod field.

In May this year, Subsea 7 announced plans to cut its global workforce by around 3,000 employees by the end of June this year.