Aker Solutions and Subsea 7 have secured subsea scope contracts with Aker BP for the Kobra East & Gekko (KEG) development located in the Alvheim area of the North Sea.

Aker Solutions will provide the subsea production system for the project, including four horizontal subsea trees, three manifolds, control systems, three static subsea umbilicals, as well as associated tie-in equipment and installation work. 

Work on the production system starts immediately and will involve Aker Solutions’ facilities in Brazil, Malaysia, Norway and the UK. Final deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

Subsea 7’s scope comprises engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation (EPCI) of subsea facilities, including pipelines, umbilicals, subsea x-mas trees, structures and subsea control modules.

Fabrication of the pipelines will take place at the company’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway, with installation campaigns scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2022 and to be completed in the first quarter of 2024.

Project management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway.

The Kobra East and Gekko fields will be developed with a subsea tie-back to the production vessel on the Alvheim FPSO, via the existing Kneler B subsea manifold.

It is expected that CO2 emissions per barrel will be halved and oil production from the Alvheim FPSO will double when KEG enters production. 

Aker BP, the operator, filed its development plan for Kobra East and Gekko at the end of June. ConocoPhillips and Lundin Energy are also partners in the project. 

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