Aptomar

Aptomar has won a five-year contract from BG Group to deliver field monitoring services at the Knarr field in the Norwegian North Sea.

The deal requires Aptomar to offer field monitoring services, including the continuous monitoring of offshore traffic and safety zones to identify and track vessels on a collision course with offshore assets.

The company will also provide continuous monitoring and detection of unintended spills, and be a part of the second line response team.

Aptomar will set up a new marine control centre in Trondheim, Norway for extended field monitoring services.

The centre’s operators will use the latest in remote sensing and data processing technology to monitor, communicate and collaborate with onshore and offshore assets, including the Knarr FPSO, the ERRV M/S Torsborg and the Knarr PSVs, as well as NOFO and the Norwegian Coastal Authority.

"Our objective is to deliver a cost-efficient and effective 24/7 field monitoring operation."

Aptomar chief sales and marketing officer Lars Solberg said: "Our objective is to deliver a cost-efficient and effective 24/7 field monitoring operation, being BG’s eyes and ears on the sea surface at any given time, and providing a safe operating environment around the FPSO."

BG Group operates the Knarr field, which was discovered in 2008, with a 45% working interest.

Idemitsu Petroleum Norge and Wintershall Norge own 25% and 20% stakes, respectively. DEA Norge owns the remaining 10% interest.

The company has recently started producing first oil from the field, which is anticipated to remain in production for around 10 years, generating an estimated 80 million barrels of oil equivalent.


Image: Aptomar will set up a new marine control centre in Trondheim, Norway for extended field monitoring services. Photo: courtesy of Aptomar AS.