The Askeladd field is part of the Snøhvit development, which also comprises two other fields including Snøhvit and Albatross.

Located in water depth of about 250m, the Askeladd development is expected to supply 21 billion cubic metres of gas and two million cubic metres of condensate to the Hammerfest LNG plant.

Under the contract, Nexans will be responsible for the design, manufacture and supply a total of 42km of static infield and interfield umbilicals to control the subsea production systems.

The scope of the contract includes supply of static subsea umbilicals with a complex cross-section comprising 3kV power, fiber-optic communications and hydraulic elements for chemical injection, together with a range of connection and termination accessories, for the Askeladd development.

Nexans plans to complete umbilicals delivery for the Askeladd development is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.

Equinor and its partners are planning to invest more than €500m in the Askeladd development, which will tie-in to the existing Snøhvit field infrastructure.

Nexans Subsea and Land Systems Business Group senior executive vice-president Vincent Dessale said: “Equinor’s Snøhvit development is a perfect example of how advanced technology can enable the effective operation of subsea gas fields with no need for surface installations.

“We are therefore delighted to further extend our involvement in this ground-breaking project by winning this major contract to provide the complex umbilicals required for the new Askeladd development.”

Nexans said it plans to manufacture electrical and fiber optic elements at its facility in Rognan, North Norway. It plans to develop, manufacture and test the complete umbilical system at its Nexans Norway facility in Halden, Norway.

Equinor has 36.79% stake in the Snøhvit development while other license partners include Petoro with 30% interest, Total E&P Norge with 18.4% stake, Neptune Energy Norge with 12% stake and DEA Norge with 2.8% interest.