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Nexans to supply 9 kms of umbilicals for Norwegian project

Nexans reports that it has been awarded an 8 million euro contract from Statoil to supply the static umbilicals for the Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen project in the Norwegian North Sea.

A press release said that a total of 9 km of static umbilicals will be deployed at water depths of around 137 meters to provide the subsea tie-back between the Rutil and Opal gas discoveries and the existing Gullfaks A platform. "Statoil's new standardized umbilical design, that integrates hydraulic, data and fiber optic services, is ideally suited to this project, as it has been developed specifically by Nexans to provide a consistent and cost-efficient solution for fast-track projects, such as tie-ins to existing infrastructure, as well as other kinds of subsea oil and gas projects," it said.

This order represents the fourth Statoil project , in quick succession, to feature the new standardized fast-track umbilical design developed by Nexans and follows the contracts awarded in 2012 for the Oseberg Delta field (North Sea), the Snøhvit gas field (Barents Sea) and the Smørbukk Sør (Norwegian Sea), the release said. The umbilicals will be made at the company's specialized facility in Halden, Norway.

"Winning this (contract) ... confirms the success of this design in both reducing project costs and lead times, as well as increasing the repeatability of engineering, procurement and fabrication," said Krister Granlie, vice president of Nexans Norway, the company's hybrid underwater cables division. "It is a perfect example of the fully flexible and comprehensive approach we offer for our subsea customers, with solutions ranging from standardized designs to bespoke umbilicals purpose designed for specific requirements."

Per the release, the main Gullfaks field lies in the orthern part of the Norwegian North Sea. t has been developed with three large concrete production platforms: Gullfaks A platform began production in 1986, with Gullfaks B following in 1988 and the Gullfaks C platform in 1989. The produced oil is loaded directly into shuttle tankers on the field, while associated gas is piped to the Kårstø gas treatment plant north of Stavanger and then on to continental Europe.

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