Grand job for Wood

Written by
Steve Marshall

Published
24 Jun 2019

24 Jun 2019 • by Steve Marshall

Modifications: Grane platform

Contractor secures Equinor FEED for modifications to Grane platform off Norway and other onshore work

Wood has secured a coveted front-end engineering and design contract with Equinor for topsides modifications to the Grane platform off Norway, as well as a separate onshore job.

The contractor will perform FEED work for brownfield modifications that are required to the North Sea facility for the future subsea tie-back of the Grane Area Northern Development (Grand) project

The deal, which was awarded after earlier concept study work on Grand carried out by Wood, includes an option for the final engineering, procurement, construction and installation work.

State-controlled operator Equinor is looking to exploit around 180 million barrels of oil at the Grand discovery under the proposed Nkr17 billion ($2 billion) tie-back scheme after last year opting for a subsea concept after also considering an unmanned wellhead platform.

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The development will consist of four templates with 24 well, with the wellstream routed to Grace for processing and further transport.

A FEED contract for the subsea segment was also set to be awarded in the second quarter of this year, with OneSubsea, TechnipFMC and Aker Solutions earlier reported by Upstream to be in contention.

In a separate award, Wood has also been handed a FEED contract from Equinor for modifications to upgrade the Kollsnes gas processing plant on Norway’s west coast as part of the so-called Kollsnes MEG Upgrade project in which Equinor is acting as technical manager for gas infrastructure owner Gassco.

It follows an earlier contract for Wood to upgrade naphtha hydrotreating and storage systems at Equinor's Mongstad oil refinery under an existing maintenance, modification and operations framework agreement worth around $400 million.