German oil and gas producer Wintershall has awarded FMC Technologies its first subsea contract for the Maria development in the Norwegian Sea.
The contract is worth $280million and will be completed by FMCs subsidiary FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS.
The work by FMC will include the delivery of a subsea production system (SPS) for development, as well as a standardized SPS development, which will form the basis for future contracts.
Bernd Schrimpf, managing director of Wintershall Norge, said: “Maria is our first subsea development in Norway and we are consequently building our expertise in this field.
“Wintershall sees future potential for more developments of this kind on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and Norway is becoming a center of excellence for this kind of work.
“I am proud that this is our first major subsea contract. It shows how committed Wintershall is to Norway and further establishes our position as one of the country’s leading oil and gas producers.
“We see a lot of potential in this partnership with FMC Technologies.”
The Maria development is 200 km from the Trondheim coastline and is located on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea.
The field is located 20km east of the Kristin field and 45 km south of the Heidrun field in the blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3.
The discovery is expected to produce around 130 million barrels of oil and just more than 2 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of gas.
Wintershall Norge is the main operator, with a 50% share while the other licensees are Petoro with 30% and Centrica with 20%.