Stavanger, June 29, 2023
OMV (Norge) AS awarded TechnipFMC with a significant integrated engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for the Berling natural gas development project, following a successful front-end engineering and design competition (FEED).
The development concept for the field is a 4-slot subsea production template tied back via a 24-kilometer pipeline to the Equinor-operated Åsgard B processing platform for separation and treatment. TechnipFMC will design and install the subsea production systems, controls, pipelines, and umbilical for the development on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The start of the subsea installation is currently planned for Q2/2024.
“With the EPCI contract award to TechnipFMC for the Berling subsea facilities, we managed to achieve a significant milestone in one of OMV’s key natural gas development projects. The estimated volumes will substantiate our strategic goal to maintain a high, stable gas supply to Europe”, says General Manager Knut Mauseth in OMV (Norge) AS.
Jonathan Landes, President, Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented: “We’re proud to have OMV join the growing number of clients who are experiencing the benefits of our integrated project execution model. We are excited to support OMV through its first project as operator in the North Sea.”
The Åsgard B topside modifications will be executed by Equinor, who awarded Aker Solutions a contract for the tie-in project on March 27, 2023. A drilling rig contract is in place with Transocean to use the “Transocean Norge” in a consortium with Wintershall DEA Norge, with Berling drilling commencing in Q3/2026. Three production wells will be drilled, and first gas is expected in 2028. The estimated recoverable reserves are expected to be around a total of 45 mn boe.
The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Berling gas and condensate discovery was approved by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy on June 28, 2023. The Berling discoveries in production licence 644 (PL 644) area were made 2018. OMV (Norge) AS is the operator for the development and operations with 30% working interest. The license partners are Equinor Energy AS (40%) and DNO Norge AS (30%).