Norway-based Aibel has won a contract from Statoil to conduct a front-end engineering design (FEED) study on Snorre A platform to plan the hook-up, and the required modifications to its deck.

The contract awarded in connection with Snorre Expansion also has an option for the actual implementation phase.

The Snorre field will be further developed with a subsea solution in a bid to increase recovery and the production would be hooked up to Snorre A.

Set to last for one year, Aibel’s study will involve around 100 associates.

Aibel new president and CEO Mads Andersen said: “This is an important project to Aibel that provides welcomed work to our office in Stavanger.

“We consider it a great vote of confidence to be given such a major role in the development of the Snorre field.”

As part of the contract, the company’s work includes actual implementation phase of the project such as engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC), as well as for further study work.

"The contract proves that Aibel has a competitive concept."

Upon exercising all options, the project will have duration of five years. 

Aibel modifications and yard services executive vice-president Bjørn Tollefsen said: “The contract proves that Aibel has a competitive concept.

“We have extensive experience from similar projects and will ensure safe and effective implementation with the lowest possible use of offshore hours.”

Work will start immediately and would be headed by Aibel's headquarters in Stavanger, which has experience with FEED studies and modification contracts on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The company's yard in Haugesund will be responsible for an eventual implementation phase, including construction of a 600t riser hang-off module.

Image: Snorre A platform. Image: Harald Pettersen/Statoil.