Norwegian services company Aibel said it has been awarded a front end engineering design (FEED) contract for Gudrun Phase 2 Water Injection in the North Sea. The contract with operator Equinor also includes an option for the actual implementation in the form of engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) work.
Aibel said the FEED phase has started immediately at its headquarters in Stavanger and in Haugesund, and noted the project will involve 45-60 people until delivery in June 2019. The FEED contract is worth approximately NOK 60 million ($7 million).
Gudrun is located in licence area PL025 of the North Sea. The field holds about 184 million barrels of oil equivalents.
The main objective of the Gudrun Phase 2 Water Injection is to increase and extend recovery from the reservoir. In the FEED, Aibel will ensure maturation of the chosen concept for water injection into the reservoir. The contract includes study work related to new equipment and pipes for the water injection system. Additionally, Aibel will work on solutions for integration, hook-up and installation of this on the Gudrun platform.
“The award is a vote of confidence from Equinor and confirms our sound expertise and competitiveness. We have extensive experience with this type of FEED study and major modification contracts on the Norwegian continental shelf. At the same time we are very familiar with the Gudrun platform, so I’m convinced that we will deliver with regard to all parameters,” said Aibel president and CEO, Mads Andersen.
In the summer of 2013, Aibel delivered the platform deck for Gudrun after being responsible for EPCI.
The possible implementation phase has an estimated value of approximately NOK 400 million and will commence immediately after conclusion of the FEED in the summer of 2019. In this phase, the project will involve around 160 people at its peak both onshore and on the installation offshore. Necessary fabrication will be carried out at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund.