Snorre A platform

Aker Solutions has secured a Nkr1bn ($180m) contract from Statoil to upgrade drilling facilities on the Snorre A platform in the North Sea.

The aim of the work is to improve the general environmental conditions and the safety of drilling operations on Snorre A. Statoil also hopes the project will extend the technical lifetime of several fields and boost recovery, making it possible to drill new production wells up until 2040.

Aker‘s scope of work includes provision of engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning assistance services. It is expected to begin next month and will be complete in 2015.

Statoil head of operations development and production, Norway division Bente Aleksandersen said: "Well drilling and maintenance represent the most important activities we can undertake in order to recover more oil and gas from our fields. By upgrading the drilling facilities on Snorre A we reckon we can recover 67 million additional barrels of oil from the Snorre field."

The upgrade will result in general environmental improvements, as well as boosting the safety of drilling operations on Snorre A, the company stated.

Statoil said it has additional plans to upgrade the drilling facilities on the Gullfaks field, also located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, which will make a significant contribution to extend its lifespan.

Aker Solutions drilling technologies engineering team in Kristiansand in Norway will carry out the Snorre A drilling contract and it will be concluded by its Bergen integration competence centre. Prefabrication will be performed at Aker Solutions yard in Egersund.


Image: The main objectives of the drilling facilities upgrade are to improve general environmental conditions and the safety of drilling operations on Snorre A. Photo: courtesy of Rune Johansen, Statoil.