Wintershall Norge has awarded two subsea contracts for the Nova field in the Norwegian North Sea, with a combined value of around $230m.

Contract awardees for the field located in the Quadrant 35 area include Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 Norway.

Under the contract awarded to Aker Solutions, the company is required to deliver a standardised subsea production system (SPS) for the Nova development.

The contract includes engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).

In addition to two template manifolds and relevant equipment, the system will include the integrated service umbilical and the subsea control system.

Wintershall Norge Nova project head Andre Hesse said: “These contracts allow us to push towards the execution phase of the project, and build on our strategy of cost-effectively developing fields that utilise local infrastructure.”

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Aker will use its facilities in Norway, the UK, and Malaysia to deliver contract services, with final deliveries expected in 2019 and 2020.

With respect to the second contract, Subsea 7 needs to design, procure and install four pipelines linking Nova to Gjøa, including two pipes in pipe production flowlines and riser base structures.

“These contracts allow us to push towards the execution phase of the project.”

Other two pipelines include one for water injection and another to supply lift gas to the field.

The contract also covers the installation of the SPS structures supplied by Aker Solutions, including subsea templates, manifolds, control umbilicals and auxiliary equipment.

Wintershall intends to submit a plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Nova field in the first half of this year.

The contracts allow the company to pursue development of the field, which is set to be tied-back to the nearby Gjøa platform.

The majority of Nova discovery was made in 2012, and is located in production licence PL 418.

Wintershall operates the PL 418 licence with a 35% interest.

Other stakeholders in the licence include Capricorn Norge, Spirit Energy, Edison Norge, and DEA Norge.

With estimated total recoverable reserves of 80 million barrels of oil equivalent, the field is anticipated to begin production in 2021.