Nexans umbilicals chosen by Statoil for Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen gas project in the Norwegian North Sea

Subsea tieback for the Rutil and Opal fields is the fourth project to feature Statoil’s new standardized umbilical solution developed by Nexans.

Paris, September 19, 2013 - Nexans, a worldwide expert in the cable industry, has been awarded an 8 million Euro contract by Statoil to supply the static umbilicals for the Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen project in the Norwegian North Sea. This is the fourth Statoil project in quick succession to feature the new standardized fast-track umbilical design developed by Nexans and follows the contracts awarded in 2012 for the Oseberg Delta field (North Sea), the Snøhvit gas field (Barents Sea) and the Smørbukk Sør (Norwegian Sea).

Nexans umbilicals chosen by Statoil for Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen gas project in the Norwegian North SeaNexans’ specialized facility in Halden, Norway will manufacture a total of 9 km of static umbilicals to be deployed at water depths of around 137 metres to provide the subsea tie-back between the Rutil and Opal gas discoveries and the existing Gullfaks A platform. Statoil’s new standardized umbilical design, that integrates hydraulic, data and fibre optic services, is ideally suited to this project, as it has been developed specifically by Nexans to provide a consistent and cost-efficient solution for fast-track projects, such as tie-ins to existing infrastructure, as well as other kinds of subsea oil and gas projects.

“Winning this fourth standardized umbilicals contract for Statoil confirms the success of this design in both reducing project costs and lead times, as well as increasing the repeatability of engineering, procurement and fabrication”, says Krister Granlie, Vice President Hybrid Underwater Cables Division, Nexans Norway. “It is a perfect example of the fully flexible and comprehensive approach we offer for our subsea customers, with solutions ranging from standardized designs to bespoke umbilicals purpose designed for specific requirements."

The Gullfaks field:

The main Gullfaks field lies in the northern part of the Norwegian North Sea.  It has been developed with three large concrete production platforms: Gullfaks A platform began production in 1986, with Gullfaks B following in 1988 and the Gullfaks C platform in 1989. Produced oil is loaded directly into shuttle tankers on the field, while associated gas is piped to the Kårstø gas treatment plant north of Stavanger and then on to continental Europe.

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With energy at the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions. The Group is a global player in the energy transmission and distribution, industry and building markets. Nexans addresses a wide series of market segments: from energy and telecom networks to energy resources (wind turbines, photovoltaic, oil and gas, and mining) to transportation (shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive and automation, and railways). Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and commitment, customer orientation and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 25,000 people and had sales in 2012 of nearly 7.2 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.