BP has chosen Aker Kvaerner to perform the detail engineering, procurement and construction management assistance for its Skarv field development in the Norwegian Sea.

Since November 2005, Aker Kvaerner has been involved with the project, performing the front end engineering design of the complete production ship and intermediate engineering of the topsides. The total value of Aker Kvaerner’s new scope of work is approximately NOK2 billion.

Pal Helsing, executive vice president for the field development business area in Aker Kvaerner, said: We have been working on this project for nearly two years and it is a big recognition to be rewarded the EPcma contract from BP. Aker Kvaerner has a long track record, providing the majority of the floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSOs) in the North Sea. This experience and competence enable us to execute this job for BP.

The new EPcma contract covers detail engineering and procurement work for the 16,000 ton FPSO topsides, as well as construction management assistance to BP. On peak, the project will engage over 400 people from Aker Kvaerner. The production start for the field is scheduled for August 2011.