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Equinor awards Troll umbilicals contract to Nexans

Equinor has awarded Nexans a contract to provide 27 km of complex umbilicals with power, fiber optic and hydraulic elements for subsea systems in the third development phase for the Troll oil and gas field.

Nexans Norway will design, manufacture and supply static umbilicals that include high-voltage power elements, high-pressure hydraulic lines, low-pressure hydraulic lines, a methanol and glycol service line for chemical injection, a spare line and fiber-optic communications – all within a single cross-section. A 20-km umbilical will link the Troll A platform to template W1, while a 7-km umbilical will then link template W1 to template W2. The contract also includes the supply of connections, terminations and other umbilical accessories.

Troll is the most prolific field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, with more than half of its reserves still remaining after more than 20 years of production. The initial development was carried out over two phases, and now Equinor is starting the third phase to recover the large amount of gas resources in the western part of the field.

The third phase of the Troll project covers the development of the Troll West structure, which lies in water depths of approximately 330 m and is located 25 km northwest of the Troll A platform. The subsea production systems will comprise two subsea templates or manifolds, as well as nine trees. Each manifold is expected to have four well slots. A total of eight production wells will be drilled and tied back to the Troll A platform in order to recover the gas reserves. First gas is expected from the project in Q2 2021.

Nexans is scheduled to deliver the Troll Phase 3 umbilicals in Q1 2020. The electrical and fiber optic elements will be manufactured at Nexans’ Rognan, Norway facility, while the complete umbilical system will be developed, manufactured and tested at Nexans’ Halden, Norway, plant.


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