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Equinor awards contract to Nexans for Askeladd umbilical development

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Equinor has awarded Nexans a contract to provide complex umbilicals with power, fiber-optic and hydraulic elements for the Askeladd development, the next stage of the multi-phased Snøhvit development.

To support the development, Nexans will design, manufacture and supply a total of 42 km of static infield and interfield umbilicals to control the subsea production systems. Nexans will provide static subsea umbilicals with a complex cross-section comprising 3 kilovolt power, fiber-optic communications and hydraulic elements for chemical injection, together with a range of connection and termination accessories.

The electrical and fiber optic elements will be manufactured at the Nexans’ facility in Rognan, Norway. The complete umbilical system will be developed, manufactured and tested at Nexans’ Halden, Norway facility. Delivery of the umbilicals for the Askeladd development is scheduled for Q1 2020.

Located in approximately 250 m of water, the Askeladd development will supply 21 Bcm of gas and 2 Bcm of condensate to the Hammerfest LNG plant, with production scheduled to come on stream towards the end of 2020.  Equinor and its partners are investing more than € 500 million (NOK$5 billion) in Askeladd, which will tie in to the existing Snøhvit field infrastructure. The Snøhvit gas field in the Barents Sea will be the first major development on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with no surface installations.

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