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Kvaerner nets West White Rose gig

Husky hands Norwegian contractor deal for tow-out and installation of concrete gravity structure for Canada project

Oslo-based offshore contractor Kvaerner has won a deal for the tow-out and installation of Canadian independent Husky Energy's concrete gravity structure (CGS) for the West White Rose project off the coast of Newfoundland.

The scope includes both engineering and marine operations, with installation work scheduled for the second quarter of 2021.

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The Norwegian engineering group declined to reveal the exact value of the award, indicating only that it is a "multi-million Canadian dollar contract" that "confirms Kvaerner’s leading position for demanding marine operations".

Upstream reported earlier this year that Kvaerner was one of three bidders for the tow-out and installation contract, facing competition from Dutch players Boskalis Offshore Contractors and Van Oord Offshore.

“Kvaerner was one of the main contractors for delivery of the floating production and offloading storage vessel SeaRose FPSO to Husky’s White Rose field. We are very proud that Husky has again selected Kvaerner for a key project," said company president Jan Arve Haugan.

Husky is developing the West White Rose project using a fixed drilling platform consisting of a CGS supporting an integrated topsides.

In August a consortium consisting of SNC-Lavalin, Dragados and Pennecon was awarded the construction contract for the 210,100-tonne concrete base, while the 30,000-tonne topsides is being designed by Wood Group — now known simply as Wood after the takeover of Amec Foster Wheeler — and will be built at Kiewit Offshore Services in Texas.

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Switzerland-based Allseas will handle transport of the topsides from a nearshore dock in Newfoundland out to the West White Rose field, using the giant twin-hulled vessel Pioneering Spirit, which will also carry out the offshore mating of the topsides and CGS.

After installation, the West White Rose platform will be tied back to the producing SeaRose FPSO located on the main White Rose field, about 350 kilometres east of St John’s, Newfoundland, in water depths of 120 metres.

The West White Rose reservoir holds an estimated 115 million barrels of recoverable resources. First oil is expected in 2022, with output to ramp up to a gross peak production rate of about 75,000 barrels per day by 2025.