The feasilibity study will form part of the basis for the Aasta Hansteen (former Luva) project’s goals and actions with regard to local and regional procurement.

Petro Arctic, Northern Norway’s largest supplier network, will look for potential suppliers in the North within all project phases, with an emphasis on development, and further into the operational phase.

Special importance will be attached to supplier skills that are relevant for the development phase. The study will therefore identify capacity, certifications, former deliveries, skills, existing and new alliances.

Furthermore, hall capacity for welding and mechanical work, quay and base availability, as well as other competence elements that may be of importance will be emphasised.

“We need to get a general idea and evaluation of companies in our northernmost region that may contribute to the Aasta Hansteen development and operations. We believe that this attracts great interest in the local industry, and that the field will contribute to industrial development in the North,” says Torolf Christensen, Statoil’s vice president for Aasta Hansteen.

“The greatest and most long-term spin-off effects will be seen in the operational phase, although the investments in the development period are considerable,” Christensen says.

During the concept selection Statoil estimated the development investments in the Aasta Hansteen field at some NOK 34 billion (2011).

In connection with the investment decision Statoil and its partners will award contracts for topsides, hull for SPAR FPSO, subsea production systems, power cables and umbilicals, tubing design, marine operations and drilling. For the main contractors the supplier lists from the feasibility study will be an important tool in the selection of local sub-suppliers.

Facts about Aasta Hansteen

Gas discovery in 1300 metres of water in the Vøring area, 300 kilometres from land

Assumed recoverable volume: 47 billion standard cubic metres of gas

The gas is dry, with a low CO2 content

The nearest installation (Norne) is located 140 kilometres away, and the onshore plant Nyhamna is located  480 kilometres away.

Discovered in 1997, the field has been operated by Statoil from 2006.

Expected start-up at the end of 2016

Partners: Statoil (75 percent), Exxon Mobil E&P AS (15 percent) and ConocoPhillips (10 percent)