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Exploration • Drilling • Field Services

the approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy of the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Brynhild field in PL148, located in the Norwegian North Sea. First production from the Brynhild field is expected in late 2013. Te Brynhild field is located adjacent to the

Norway-UK border, 210 km from the Norwegian mainland. Te development of Brynhild will be a three well subsea tie-back to the Pierce FPSO located in the UK, 38 km south of the field. Te estimated gross reserves are approximately

20 million barrels of oil equivalents (MMboe) with net peak production of approximately 6000 barrels of oil equivalents per day (boepd). Te hydrocarbons will be processed at the Pierce FPSO before being offloaded for further transportation. Lundin has a 50 per cent working interest in the

Brynhild field and is operator. Partners are Talisman with 30 per cent and Noreco with 20 per cent. In a related development, Aker Solutions has signed a contract with Lundin for the engineering, procurement and construction of a subsea production system for the Brynhild project. Te contract value is approximately NOK 700million (£77.6million). Te scope of work includes one template- manifold structure, one riser base, three subsea trees, three wellhead systems, control system, a tie-in system, 38km of umbilicals, HP riser and rental tooling. Te contract contains several options for additional equipment, including other field developments. “We are very pleased to be awarded this first

subsea production system contract with Lundin. Tis contract allows us to utilise the total strength

of our subsea offering and work closely with this important customer,” says Alan Brunnen, EVP subsea within Aker Solutions. Management, engineering and procurement of the subsea production system will be primarily performed at Aker Solutions’ hq in Oslo, Norway. Fabrication of the subsea trees will be completed at Aker Solutions’ manufacturing centre in Tranby, Norway, and production of the template-manifolds will be carried out at the company’s fabrication yard in Egersund, Norway.

Te umbilical will be manufactured in Moss,

Norway and the control and wellhead systems will be delivered out of Aberdeen, UK. Installation and commissioning will be handled by Aker Solution’s service base in Aagotnes, Norway. Final deliveries will be made in Q2 2013.

Discovery in Brazil BP has announced that a notification of discovery for the Itaipu-2 pre-salt appraisal well, located in block BM-C-32 in the deepwater sector of the Campos Basin, has been lodged with the Brazilian National Petroleum Agency (ANP). Te well, approximately 130km offshore Brazil, was drilled to a total depth of 4877 metres in 1420 metres water depth. Itaipu-2 delineates the discovery made in 2009-10 in Itaipu-1, 7km to the northwest. Itaipu-2 encountered strong shows on drilling including elevated gas, gas wetness and fluorescence within the cuttings. Well logging indicates a fluid contact within the target Upper Sag reservoir comprising a 19 metre gross petroleum-bearing interval overlying good quality porous water-bearing carbonates.

Hamworthy wins world’s first new build FSRU regas orders H

amworthy has secured a contract for the supply of regasification technology on board what are understood to be the world’s first new build floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs). Two 170 000m3

storage capacity

vessels, owned by Hoegh LNG, are being built at the world’s largest shipbuilder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI). Under the terms of the contract, Hamworthy will deliver systems to the Ulsan-based yard, one apiece in December 2012 and February 2013.


Te floating regasification market is experiencing strong growth. On signing its letter of intent with HHI earlier this year, Hoegh projected annual growth in the LNG market overall of 6-7 per cent over the coming few years.

Te initial two FSRU ships will

feature Hamworthy’s propane- seawater regasification system, which has already proven itself on board two Golar liquefied natural gas carriers in operation (in Brazil and Dubai) that have been converted into FSRUs. Te same system will also be

delivered as part of two new projects under construction in Indonesia and Malaysia. “We will deliver a complete

regasification module for each FSRU, which will have slightly less in capacity and pressure than was the case for the Golar Winter project,” said Tore Lunde, Hamworthy Oil & Gas Systems’ md. “Te units, which will weigh in at 550 tonnes and measure 20m by 18m by 10m, will be delivered in module form with all the necessary process equipment installed for ease of integration on board the vessels.” ●

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