Maersk Oil and Gas has hired DNV GL in a multi-million service contract deal for its Culzean project in the UK North Sea.
The scope of contract includes Independent Competent Person (ICP) verification, Independent Verification Body (IVB) and Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) work.
The team will be managed from a single point in the UK and DNV GL said it will use additional resources and expertise from Maersk’s team in Denmark to deliver the work.
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 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.
The company also said subject to a final investment decision in 2015, a phased installation of the facilities would begin in 2016.
First gas from the central North Sea field, which lies nearly 145 miles east of Aberdeen, is expected in 2019.
Forecast plateau gas production is in a range of 400million-500million standard cubic feet per day.
Maersk is the operator, with a 49.99% stake, alongside JX Nippon (34.01%) and BP (16%).