CULZEAN FIELD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT DNV GL has secured a multi-million pound project from Maersk Oil North Sea UK (MOUK) for the Culzean field development project.

Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO, Oil & Gas signed the contract on 24th October at the DNV GL office in Esbjerg.

The scope includes Independent Competent Person (ICP) Verification, Independent Verification Body (IVB), Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and the Explosive Atmospheres Directive ATEX services. The team will be managed from a single point in UK and DNV GL is to use additional resources and expertise from the team in Denmark to deliver the work.

“DNV GL propose to work together with Maersk Oil UK as part of one integrated team with the view to helping delivering the project fully compliant, on-schedule and on-cost,” says John Harper, Project Manager. ”It is fully understood that the Culzean Project is a flag-ship project for Maersk Oil globally. The UK Safety Case Regulations Legislation is the overall driver for this work and compliance with Maersk Oil UK Technical Standards (MOTS) and Design Standards (MODES) is a key driver,” he adds.

The Maersk Oil-operated Culzean project is one of the largest gas discoveries of recent years in the UK North Sea. Culzean is a HP/HT field discovered in 2008 in Block 22/25 of the UK Central North Sea and further appraised between 2009 and 2011. If successfully developed, it could provide around 5% of the UK’s total gas consumption by 2020/21. First gas from the project is currently expected in 2019.

Maersk Oil and its co-venturers JX Nippon Exploration and Production (UK) Limited and Britoil (BP) have chosen a new standalone facility to develop the discovery; a complex of bridge linked platforms comprising a 12 slot wellhead platform (WHP), a central processing facility and utilities/living quarters. Subject to a final investment decision in 2015, a phased installation of the facilities would begin in 2016.

Image caption : Image of the Maersk Culzean Asset, in the North Sea

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