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Norway-based Ocean Installer has won a contract from Shell UK to undertake umbilical installation at the Bittern field in the North Sea.

As part of the contract, Ocean Installer will install two new static umbilicals of 20.7km and 1.8km on the platform.

The scope of work includes the pre-lay engineering, survey and confirmation of all routes and subsea work and the monitoring and testing of umbilicals during transportation and installation.

In addition, Ocean Installer will execute umbilical installation, building of crossings and installation of protection mattresses, burial of umbilicals and post installation testing.

The company will deploy its highly-efficient and long-term chartered construction support vessel (CSV) Normand Clipper for the project.

"As part of the contract, Ocean Installer will install two new static umbilicals of 20.7km and 1.8km on the platform."

The engineering and project management onshore will begin immediately, while the offshore work will be carried out in August and September 2013, the company said.

Ocean Installer UK managing director Martin Sisley said that the company had earlier undertaken several projects for Shell Norway and Shell Ireland.

"Adding to our growing client base, this contract confirms that Ocean Installer is capable of providing efficient solutions in line with clients’ needs," Sisley added.

Located about 200km east of Aberdeen in the UK sector of the central North Sea, Blocks 29/1a and 29/1b in the Bittern field can produce 60,000 barrels of oil/day and 70 million ft³ of gas/day.

The field is being developed by a minimum of six subsea wells, four producers and two water injectors.

The wells are tied into two seven-slot manifolds and tied back to the floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) by two 10in production lines and an 8in production / test line, which is insulated to prevent wax dropout.


Image: The Bittern field can produce 60,000 barrels of oil / day and 70 million ft³ of gas / day. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos / num_skyman.

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