Norwegian oil and gas major Statoil, along with its partners Total and Det norske, has awarded Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Aker Solutions a contract worth NOK6.1bn ($1bn), to construct topsides for the Dagny platform in the North Sea.

The scope of the contract includes detailed design, procurement, engineering services, construction, hook-up and commissioning.

As part of the contract, DSME will design and construct the topsides for the platform, while Aker Solutions in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway, and also Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will provide support for the detailed engineering services and offshore hook-up and commissioning works.

Statoil said the construction work will begin immediately and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

However, the contract is subject to approval of the project by the Norwegian authorities, which is expected in the first half of 2013.

Statoil said DSME and Aker succeeded in global competition to win the contracts, among pre-qualified suppliers. Statoil chief procurement officer Jon Arnt Jacobsen is confident the selected supplier for the main contract will deliver on time, cost and quality.

"Statoil said the construction work will begin immediately and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017."

"They will work with a solid engineering team from Aker Solutions. We note that there are several alliances between different international players in the bids we receive now, when both Norwegian and international suppliers are main contractors," Jacobsen added.

"We’re putting strong emphasis on avoiding late changes to the design and experienced Statoil personnel will follow-up the deliveries in all phases."

Statoil and its partners, who submitted a plan for the development and operation (PDO) of the Dagny field to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in late 2012, proposed to invest about NOK31bn ($5.5bn) in developing the field. Statoil Norwegian Continental Shelf field development senior vice president, Ivar Aasheim, said the platform is one of the company’s new, major developments, with an estimated 225 million barrels of oil equivalent.

"This shows how important it is to explore and develop fields in mature areas with infrastructure in place. This field development is tied to Sleipner and will help to extend its lifetime for many years to come," Aasheim added.

Aker Solutions has also secured the contract for tie-in modifications on Sleipner, which will receive gas from the Dagny field, while DSME has received the contract to build the living quarters.

In 2012, Mærsk Drilling won the contract for production drilling on Dagny field, while Heerema Vlissingen was contracted in January 2013 to build Dagny’s platform jacket.

Image: Dagny field illustration, with the Sleipner field in the background. Photo courtesy of Statoil.