Spar platform

Statoil has awarded a lump sum front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract to France-based Technip for the Luva field development off the Norwegian coast.

The Luva gas field is located in blocks 6706/12 and 6707/10, in a water depth of about 1,300m in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

The contract covers the design and planning for the procurement, construction and transportation of a spar hull and mooring systems, as well as the design of the steel catenary risers.

Technip said the contract would be carried out by its operating centre in Texas, US, in cooperation with its other operation facilities in Norway and Finland.

Statoil said that the Luva field will be developed with a giant spar, which will be able to process up to 23 million cubic metres of gas a day.

The development plan for the field includes two subsea templates with four wells on each and a satellite template with one well.

The Luva field, which lies in production licence 218, is estimated to hold 53.1 billion cubic metres of gas and 5.6 million barrels of condensate; it is scheduled to come on stream in December 2016.

Statoil serves as the operator, holding a 75% interest; while ExxonMobil holds 15% stake, with ConocoPhillips holding the remaining 10% interest.


Image: The Luva field developed with the giant spar platform will be able to process up to 23 million cubic meters of gas a day. Photo: courtesy of Statoil.