TechnipFMC and Aker Engineering and Technology have secured feasibility study contracts from Engie E&P Norge for the Cara project (PL 636) in Norwegian part of the North Sea.

The studies will be carried out to explore the potential, challenges and opportunities at an early stage of the development.

According to Engie, the studies will enable to find out whether the Cara oil and gas discovery can be connected to existing Gjøa infrastructure through a subsea solution.

Cara-well is situated 6km northeast of Engie’s operated Gjøa field in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea.

TechnipFMC and Aker will separately carry out two parallel studies to identify different subsea solutions for a tie-in of Cara to the Gjøa installation.

The work, which has been already started, is expected to be completed in June this year.

In September 2016, an oil and gas discovery was made in the Cara prospect, which was operated by Engie with 30% stake.

Othet license partners in the prospect include Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS with 30% interest, Tullow Oil Norge and Wellesley Petroleum with 20% each.

The preliminary size of the discovery is expected to be between 4.3 and 11 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) oil equivalents.

Engie E&P Norge subsurface head Raphaël Fillon said: "Cara is the second largest oil and gas discovery made on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in 2016, with an estimated volume from 40 to 80 million barrels of oil equivalent.

“The well shows good reservoir properties and potential for higher resources.

"Together with our licence partners, we will evaluate the possibility to use existing infrastructure at the nearby Gjøa field. This will reduce both time and costs related to a future development.”

Image: Engie E&P Norge subsurface head Raphaël Fillon. Photo: courtesy of ENGIE E&P Norge.