The company, which is a subsidiary of UK-based BMT Group, also completed an assessment of installation routes of associated subsea assets, a submarine power cable to Kollsnes (Norway) across the Norwegian Trench through the Troll field, a fibre-optic network to Huldra and a pipeline to the TP1 tie-in point.
As part of the assessment, BMT worked closely with Total Norge, the operator of Martin Linge field, to determine the optimal approach for extending the existing information and covering the new requirements.
BMT also carried out spectral wave transformation modelling of its EU Shelf hindcast to nearshore Kollsnes. Formerly known as Hild, the Martin Linge gas field is located between Norwegian Licence Blocks 30/4 and 30/7.
The field is located midway between the Shetland Islands and the Norwegian coast, in about 115m water depth.
Martin Linge field, which is being developed at an investment of $4.2bn, is expected to commence first production in 2016, and produce 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) each day upon reaching peak production. The field is estimated to contain 190 million boe, including 5.1 million standard cubic metres (scm) of oil, 16.3 billion scm of gas, 0.2mt of natural gas liquids and three million scm of condensate.
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Total has selected a new 170km long subsea cable, which the company say is the world’s longest alternating current (AC) power line from shore to an offshore platform, to provide power to the Martin Linge field from the Norwegian mainland electrical grid.
BMT ARGOSS senior metocean advisor Dr Ian Wade said a complete set of good quality metocean data is essential for both planning and execution of offshore capital projects.
"The reports compiled by BMT will allow Total Norge AS to plan effectively and reduce risk during the construction phase," Wade added.
Total holds a 51% stake in the field, while other stakeholders are Petoro and Statoil, with 30% and 19% interests respectively.
Image: Martin Linge gas field is located between Norwegian Licence Blocks 30/4 and 30/7. Photo courtesy of BMT ARGOSS.