Unique platform for the north
Statoil awards Technip to build world’s largest Spar platform for the Aasta Hansteen field outside the coast of northern-Norway. Production start-up is at the end of 2016.
The field in the Norwegian Sea will be run from Harstad, Statoil's new operational asset in the north.
The Aasta Hansteen platform will be the world's largest Spar platform and the first of its kind on the Norwegian continental shelf. Statoil has ambitions to create big spin-offs and is charting opportunities for competitive deliveries from the north-Norwegian community.
"The hull contract is an important first construction step for the Aasta Hansteen field development," says Ivar Aasheim, Statoil's senior vice president for field development in a press release commenting on awarding Technip, in a Consortium with Hyundai Heavy Industries, the contract of building the hull for the worlds largest Spar platform.
The estimated contract value for this assignment is just over NOK 4 billion (€534 million).
In May , Statoil arranged a supplier seminar in Bodø in cooperation with the PetroArctic supplier network. More than 100 people from 60 small and medium-sized local companies were given information there about the Aasta Hansteen project.
Statoil says it has ambitions to create big spin-offs and is charting opportunities for competitive deliveries from the north-Norwegian community and other bidders in the supplies industry at the earliest possible stage of the project.
"We see that competitive communities of suppliers are emerging in the north and we know that the Aasta Hansteen project, along with Dagny and Mariner which are also at the development stage, is of great interest to the supplies industry," says Anders Opedal senior vice president for projects in Statoil.
"In the course of this autumn and next spring we're going to award contracts for topsides, subsea facilities, pipelines, marine operations and drilling. There'll be opportunities for qualified sub-contractors and our ambition is that the Aasta Hansteen field will make a contribution to industrial development in northern Norway."
The Aasta Hansteen field will be run from Harstad, Statoil's new operational asset in the north. Establishing this new asset entails an increase in the number of employees at the Harstad office. The overall increase will be in the order of 30-50 people.
With the Spar Platform, some 25,000 standard cubic meters (scm) of condensate can be stored onboard. Preliminarily estimated says the field holds about 47 billion scm of gas and 0.8 billion scm of condensate.
The production horizon extends towards 2040.