Wood Group has been awarded a contract by Norwegian firm Statoil to provide detailed design of the subsea tie-back from the NOK3.5bn ($414m) Utgard field to the Sleipner facilities in the Norwegian North Sea.

Previously called Alfa Sentral, Utgard is a gas and condensate field spanning the UK-Norway median line and located 21km from the Sleipner field. It will be remotely controlled from the Sleipner A platform.

The field is planned to be developed as a tie-back to existing infrastructure on NCS for Sleipner, which is operated by Statoil.

The Utgard tie-back consists of a 21km long pipe-in-pipe production pipeline from the 4-slot template at Utgard to the Sleipner T platform. It also comprises an integrated service umbilical (ISU) from the Sleipner A.

Wood Group CEO Robin Watson said: “We are excited to continue our work on the next stage of the Utgard field development and will leverage our deep knowledge of the field and the Sleipner facilities, alongside our commitment to working collaboratively with Statoil to ensure success in effective and efficient delivery of this challenging subsea project.”

The three-year contract is planned to be executed by Wood Group from its offices in Stavanger and Oslo.

The contract follows completion of front end engineering design (FEED) for the project by Wood Group part of a deal signed earlier.

Estimated to hold recoverable reserves of 56.4 million barrels of oil equivalent, the field is planned to commence production by the end of 2019. It will have peak production capacity of approximately 7,000 Sm3 per day of oil equivalent.

Recently, Statoil and its partners have submitted development and operation (PDO) and the field development plan (FDP) for the Utgard field.

Image: The Utgard field is located 21km from the Sleipner field. Photo: courtesy of Statoil.