Wood has secured a contract from Equinor to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for brownfield modifications to the Grane offshore facility in the Norwegian North Sea.

The scope includes the entire work needed on the platform topsides to prepare for the subsea tieback from the Grane Area Northern Development (GRAND) project. The FEED is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 and the contract includes an option for the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation phase.

The Grane oil field includes an integrated accommodation, processing and drilling platform with a fixed steel frame construction resting on the sea bed. The platform is situated around 185km west of Haugesund, where sea depth is 127m. Hydro discovered the field in 1991. When the Grane field came on stream in September 2003, its recoverable reserves were estimated to total 700 million barrels of oil.

Grane is claimed to be the first field on the Norwegian continental shelf to produce heavy crude oil. The oil is transported via a 212km long pipeline to Equinor’s Sture terminal in Øygarden, west of Bergen.

Apart from the Grane field’s FEED contract, Wood has secured a second new contract from Equinor for the Kollsnes MEG Upgrade project. The contract requires Wood to perform the FEED for modifications to the Kollsnes onshore gas processing plant in Øygarden, west of Bergen. Wood expects to complete the FEED in mid-winter 2020.

Wood Asset Solutions business CEO in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, Dave Stewart said: “Wood has developed a successful long-term global relationship with Equinor, and these new contracts continue our work on installations in their portfolio.

“Our breadth of experience in the Norwegian energy sector combined with our customer-specific knowledge and global engineering expertise, positions us for growth as we focus on broadening our service delivery onshore and offshore.”