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Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract by Equinor

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Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract by Equinor to deliver the first Submersible Wireless Installer for tubing for 18 tubing hanger installations on the Johan Castberg field, in the Barents Sea.

Aker Solutions has announced the first commercial campaign for the SWIFT remotely operated tubing hanger (TH) tool. Equinor’s first, umbilical-less TH installation involves 18 tubing hanger installations on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea.

SWIFT was developed in partnership with Envirex and will be manufactured at their facilities in Bryne, Norway. Its market advantage is a long list of OPEX and carbon-footprint savings for operators by providing umbilical-less TH installations and retrievals that streamline operations.

Conventional systems power, control and monitor TH installations and retrievals by using heavy and costly topside equipment. SWIFT provides the same functionality subsea from an in-riser control module integrated into the Drill Pipe Landing String (DPLS) and controlled from a laptop topside. For Equinor’s Johan Castberg installations, SWIFT will eliminate the need for 60 t of topside equipment and associated maintenance and transport.

A key strength of the concept is its battery and pump capacity. It’s also compact and can apply alternating pressure on individual function lines.

Maria Peralta, EVP, Aker Solutions Subsea, said “With SWIFT, we bring an integrated package of products, tooling, and offshore personnel to Johan Castberg TH installation operations.”

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