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Aker Solutions, Equinor Sign LoI for Askeladd Subsea System

to Equinor under the NCS 2017+ framework agreement," said Luis Araujo, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions. He said: "The Askeladd Vest subsea production system is based on our standard technology and products currently being delivered to several ongoing projects, including Johan Castberg, Troll phase three, Askeladd phase one, and the recently awarded Breidablikk project".The scope of the expansion of the Askeladd field includes one template with a manifold and two subsea trees with associated control systems.Aker Solutions estimates the value of the potential contract to

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Photo: Johan Castberg Anchor System Installation Underway

Norwegian offshore vessel contractor Island Offshore has shared photos of what it says is one of the most comprehensive anchoring projects globally in 2020 - the installation of an anchor system for Equinor's Johan Castberg project in the Barents Sea, offshore Norway."An anchor system of enormous dimensions is currently being deployed at the oilfield, and Island Victory [installation vessel] is chartered for the job. This is one of the most comprehensive anchoring projects globally in 2020; preparing for the arrival of a floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO) which will be

Ashtead -DMS installed on a Subsea Template as seen from ROV camera. Photo: Ashtead

Challenges of Underwater Structure Monitoring for Offshore Operations

last year, Ashtead Technology completed a two-part subsea installation monitoring project for client Ocean Installer AS in the Northern Norwegian Sea. The company supplied its DMS to monitor the installation of 15 Integrated Template Structures (ITS) in total, located in Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields.Combining powerful software with modular technology, the DMS was deployed alongside supporting technicians over the two phases. The first project for nine ITS was completed within just 25 days, resulting in significant cost efficiencies for Ocean Installer – so much so that the contract

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Drilling Activity Buoyant in Norway

pace last seen in 2013 and 2015, before the effects of the oil price collapse took hold on the drilling market in Norway.”Subsea development wells are forecast to experience a growth spurt beginning in 2020 and lasting several years. Several large upcoming subsea field developments, such as Johan Castberg, Snorre Expansion, and Wisting, will also spark an increase in long-term contracts for harsh-environment semisubmersible rigs authorized for operations in Norway. Meanwhile, development wells associated with wellhead platforms – so-called dry wells – will see a flatter forward trend

Ashtead Technology’s Deflection Monitoring System being installed for a project with Ocean Installer AS in Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields. (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Supports Subsea Template Installs

Subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology said it has completed a subsea installation monitoring project for Ocean Installer AS in Equinor’s Askeladd and Johan Castberg fields in the Northern Norwegian Sea.The contract saw Ashtead Technology provide its integrated Deflection Monitoring System (DMS) services and equipment to support the installation of eight Integrated Template Structures (ITS).During operations, the dual independent DMS systems monitored, calculated, displayed and logged structure deflection, heading, pitch, roll, depth and suction can differential pressures

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14 Template Installations in One Month

, Equinor said. Following an increase in the price level for subsea equipment over several years, the Norwegian energy company said it now sees that standardization and simplification strengthens the competitiveness of the subsea industry, providing jobs both onshore and offshore. The Askeladd, Johan Castberg, Troll Phase 3 and Snorre Expansion Projects have created a high activity level in yards along the Norwegian coast. They are currently building the manifolds for the templates – and even more templates, Equinor said

MacArtney MERMAC R40 AHC Winch (Image: MacArtney)

MacArtney Equips North Sea Cable Layer

A specialized winch system aboard the ASN Ile de Class cable laying vessel will facilitate the laying of seismic cables on the seabed of the Johan Castberg oilfield in the Barents Sea for Equinor’s new permanent reservoir monitoring system.MacArtney’s MERMAC R40 active heave compensated (AHC) winch purchased by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of the Nokia Corporation, will be utilized aboard the vessel in the laying of seismic cabling and sensors that will be permanently deployed on the Barents’ seabed to enable more frequent and improved 4D seismic interpretation of the

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

from overseas markets equaling 35 percent of the total."In 2018, we saw a record number of studies and front-end engineering work for larger and more complex projects than previous years - a positive sign of more work to come," said Araujo. "As we have already seen at Johan Sverdrup, Johan Castberg and Troll, early involvement puts us in a strong position to secure more work."In January 2019, Aker Solutions acquired the remaining 30 percent of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecânica e Instru-mentação Ltda, having bought the first ownership stake of 70 percent in 2016. The acquisition

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Equinor to Boost Drilling to Extend Norwegian Shelf Life

is smaller, making it necessary to drill more and cheaper wells, exploration chief Tim Dodson told a news conference.The company is currently investing heavily to develop the $15 billion Johan Sverdrup oilfield, which will be completed in two stages between 2019 and 2022, as well as the Arctic Johan Castberg and an extension of the Troll gas field."We need to start now. After 2022 there are currently few big projects remaining. The choices that we, the authorities, and the industry make today will be decisive," Nylund said."We have developed a strategy for more gas exploration. We

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