Stuart Fitzgerald

“We’re already starting work here in Stavanger on Monday. 80 people will be involved in the planning and engineering before Christmas,” says Stuart Fitzgerald, Subsea 7’s CEO in Norway.

Total awarded Subsea 7 the largest-ever underwater development and installation contract in Norway. It is worth an estimated USD 800 million (about NOK 4.7 billion).

The four-year process encompasses everything from engineering, planning, and design work to manufacture of equipment to be used on the seabed, in addition to testing, and completion.

Versatile vessel

According to Stuart Fitzgerald, 100 people at Subsea7 are to work with the project on land. 400-500 personnel will also work offshore when activity nears its peak. This is in addition to the many subcontractors’ employees.

Several different vessels will be used for the Martin Linge field’s various installation jobs, but Subsea 7’s newest ship “Seven Borealis” will crown them all. The vessel is versatile, and is the world’s largest when it comes to pipe-laying,

“The new ship is one of the reasons we won this contract,” Mr Fitzgerald declares.

“Seven Borealis” will lay the gas pipe between Martin Linge and Kollsnes.

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