FMC Technologies' Norwegian subsidiary FMC Kongsberg Subsea has agreed a frame agreement deal with Germany's Wintershall to supply subsea equipment on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, starting with a US$280 million project on the Maria development.
The frame agreement with FMC Technologies will first be used to source and build a subsea production system for the Maria development in the Norwegian Sea.
Under the proposed development solution the Maria field will be linked to the existing nearby infrastructure via a subsea tie-back. Based on this plan, the Maria field would be connected with the producing platform Kristin, Åsgard and Heidrun via two subsea templates.
FMC Technologies will deliver a comprehensive SPS System for the Maria development. This includes engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). The Maria SPS consists of two integrated template manifolds with their respective trees and auxiliary equipment. It also includes the dynamic and the static umbilical, the production riser base and the subsea umbilical termination unit and the subsea control system.
“Maria is our first subsea development in Norway and we are consequently building our expertise in this field. Wintershall sees future potential for more developments of this kind on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and Norway is becoming a center of excellence for this kind of work,” says Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director of Wintershall Norge. “I am proud that this is our first major subsea contract. It shows how committed Wintershall is to Norway and further establishes our position as one of the country’s leading oil and gas producers.“
Similar systems for future subsea fields are under consideration for Wintershall’s Skarfjell development in the North Sea. A new extension north of the producing field Brage is also being investigated.
Under the subsea production system (SPS) frame agreement, FMC will offer standardized SPS supply, forming the basis of future contracts for other developments.
The Maria field is about 200km from Trondheim, on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea. The field is 20km east of the Kristin field and 45km south of the Heidrun field in Blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3.
The discovery is expected to produce around 130MMbbl and just over 2 billion standard cubic meters of gas. Wintershall Norge is the operator, with a 50% share. The other licensees are Petoro with 30% and Centrica with 20%.