Fossil energy – Hod B, Norway
The Fixed facilities alliance, between Aker BP, Aker Solutions and ABB, has delivered yet another platform on time, with a high level of quality and with no harm to people or the environment.
The topside was installed just one year and two months after the first steel cut.
The 2000-tonne topsides were placed on the jacket on the Hod field in the southern part of the North Sea on Sunday, August 8.
“The platform is delivered from a Norwegian yard and with Norwegian subcontractors. It is delivered according to plan, in just 14 months, in the middle of a pandemic,” says Aker BP CEO Karl Johnny Hersvik.
More than a hundred suppliers across Norway have contributed to the Hod development. At peak, around 550 people from Aker Solutions, the alliance and subcontractors have been working on the Hod B project at the yard in Verdal.
Hod B will be remotely operated from Valhall, and the field will have extremely low CO2 emissions thanks to power from shore. Aker BP and partner Pandion expects Hod to produce 40 million barrels of oil equivalent.
“We look forward to bringing Hod on stream in the first quarter of next year. Aker BP will continue to increase value creation from the giant Valhall through new projects and a major ongoing modernisation of the area. Hod is an important contribution towards achieving the Valhall ambition of a total of two billion produced barrels from the area,” says Valhall Asset Manager Ole Johan Molvig.
Several subsea campaigns will be conducted in the Hod project leading up to production start in 2022, such as installation and connection of the gas lift pipelines, production flowlines and umbilicals. Modification work is underway at the Valhall field centre, and the Maersk Invincible drilling rig will be arriving this autumn to drill production wells.