Norway-based Statoil, along with its partners Total and Det norske, has awarded a contract worth NOK6.1bn ($1bn) to Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Aker Solutions to construct the topsides for the Dagny platform in the North Sea.

The scope of the contract includes detailed design, procurement, engineering services, construction, hook-up, and commissioning.

Under the contract, DSME will design and construct the topsides for the Dagny platform in the North Sea, while Aker Solutions in Stavanger and Oslo, Norway and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will provide support in the detailed engineering services and offshore hook-up and commissioning.

Statoil said the construction work will begin immediately and will be completed in the first quarter of 2017.

The contract award is subject to approval of the project by the Norwegian authorities, which is expected in the first half of 2013.

Statoil informed that DSME and Aker won the contract, after winning the international competition among pre-qualified suppliers.

Statoil chief procurement officer Jon Arnt Jacobsen said that the supplier selected for the main contract will be able to deliver on time, cost and quality.

"They will work with a solid engineering team from Aker Solutions. We note that there are several alliances between different international players in the bids we receive now, when both Norwegian and international suppliers are main contractors," Jacobsen added.

"We’re putting strong emphasis on avoiding late changes to the design and experienced Statoil personnel will follow-up the deliveries in all phases."

Statoil and its partners, who submitted a plan for the development and operation (PDO) of the Dagny field, to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, by late 2012, will develop the field at an investment of about NOK31bn ($5.5bn).