Photo: Valhall field; Source: Aker BP

Aker BP extends TWMA gig in Norway

TWMA, a specialist drilling waste management company, has been awarded a three-year contract extension to supply integrated waste management services for Aker BP’s Valhall Flank North and Hod B field development projects offshore Norway.

TWMA was awarded a three-year contract in 2019 for drill cuttings handling, bulk transfer and cuttings processing solutions onboard the Maersk Invincible jack-up rig for 14 wells across Valhall Flank North, South, and West.

Aker BP has now exercised the first of two, three-year extension options, which will see TWMA increase its scope to include onshore treatment for an additional three wells on Valhall Flank North and six wells on Hod.

The project is part of Aker BP’s plans to modernise the Valhall field development to produce a total of two billion barrels of oil equivalent. The Valhall field complex includes a central hub and three remotely controlled wellhead platforms.

In addition, Hod B, located 13 kilometres south, will consist of a new, normally unmanned installation. The entire field is powered by onshore electricity, making it a zero-carbon emission production facility.

Aker BP field its plan for development and operation for the Hod project to the country’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The first oil from Hod B is planned for the first quarter of 2022.

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Halle Aslaksen, CEO of TWMA, comments: “Effective and efficient drilling waste management is critical to the success of offshore drilling operations – not only in terms of environmental impact but in ensuring that drilling campaigns remain on schedule”.

TWMA, which is overseeing the project from its Stavanger office, recently bolstered its Norwegian team with the appointment of Kristin Gabrielsen as an account manager.

Aslaksen added: “We believe Norway is a market with significant growth potential, particularly for low carbon drilling solutions that minimise the environmental impact of offshore operations”.