Offshore/subsea systems

TechnipFMC Wins Subsea Gig for OMV’s Berling Gas Development

The drilling of the Berling field will begin in the third quarter of 2026, with gas and condensate production expected in 2028.

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UK-headquartered TechnipFMC has won an integrated engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract by Austria’s OMV worth up to $250 million for its Berling gas development project offshore Norway.

The subsea specialist will design and install the subsea production systems, controls, pipelines, and umbilicals for the project located on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. It will be OMV’s first integrated EPCI project in Norway as an operator, TechnipFMC said.

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced on 28 June that it had approved the project’s Plan for Development and Operation that OMV filed in December 2022.

“Berling is one of our key natural gas development projects and is geared to increase the share of natural gas in our portfolio as outlined in OMV’s Strategy 2030. The gas and condensate volumes are expected to further strengthen Norway’s position as an important European supplier of natural gas,” said Berislav Gaso, executive vice president for energy, OMV AG.

According to OMV, the Berling field comprises two 2018 discoveries—the Iris and the Hades—in the Production License 664 area located about 175 km (108 miles) from Kristiansand in a mature oil and gas province with established infrastructure. The closest hub is the Equinor-operated Åsgard B platform, about 23 km (14 miles) to the southeast.

The project includes drilling three production wells starting in the third quarter of 2026, with the first gas and condensate production expected in 2028. The estimated gross recoverable resources are about 45 million BOE, according to OMV.

OMV (Norge) AS is the operator for the development and operations with a 30% working interest. The license partners are Equinor Energy AS (40%) and DNO Norge AS (30%).