Field/project development

Aker BP Awards FEED Contracts for NOA Fulla

Operator hands out early engineering contracts to its alliance partners related to Norwegian North Sea development.

Aker BP plans to submit a development plan for NOA Fulla to Norwegian authorities sometime next year.

Aker BP has awarded front-end engineering and design (FEED) contracts worth just over $81 million to its alliance partners related to the field development of NOA Fulla in the southern part of the NOAKA area offshore Norway. The NOAKA area includes NOA, Fulla, and Krafla. Aker BP is the operator for NOA Fulla in the south; Equinor is the operator for Krafla to the north.

Awards were made to Aker Solutions (topsides and jacket for NOA PdQ and Frøy NUI, subsea and project management of power to shore), Siemens Energy (electrical), and Subsea 7 (umbilicals, risers, flowlines).

The development concept for NOA Fulla comprises a process, drilling, and living quarters platform (PdQ) on NOA, a normally unmanned wellhead platform (NUI) on Frøy, and three subsea templates for development of Fulla, Langfjellet, and Rind. The entire area will receive power from shore, which will minimize greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the operator.

“We’ve passed an important milestone in the development of NOA Fulla,” said Lars Høier, senior vice president of NOAKA for Aker BP. “These are the first major contracts to be awarded in the field development. Now we are getting started on further developing the concept of platforms, production systems, and flowlines on the seabed. We are also developing a solution for power from shore that will pave the way for minimal greenhouse-gas emissions from operations of the field.”

The largest FEED contract relates to the PdQ platform. It will process the oil from the fields and export it via the Oseberg Transport System, while the gas will be exported via Statpipe. Oil and produced water from Equinor’s northern development will also be processed on the PdQ.

“The NOA PdQ is the very heart of the NOAKA development, tying the entire area together,” said Bård Atle Hovd, project director for NOA Fulla. “Now the Fixed Facilities Alliance between Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy, and Aker BP will spend the next year working to create a good design basis. That, along with the other FEED deliveries, forms the basis for the Plan for Development and Operation, which we plan to submit to the Norwegian authorities by the end of 2022.”