Aker Solutions is celebrating
production of first oil from Reliance Industries’ MA-D6 field,
located in the Bay of Bengal offshore India. The record breaking
project, which is a 100 per cent Aker field development, produced
first oil at 17 September.Subsea trees for the project have been
manufactured at Aker Solutions’ facilities in Port Klang, Malaysia,
and Tranby, Norway.
The Aker family of companies has been
responsible for the entire MA-D6 field development. Aker Solutions
has manufactured and delivered a complete subsea production system
and managed the installation of the subsea equipment. Aker Floating
Production has converted and delivered the FPSO Dhirubai 1, while
Aker Solutions has also delivered process equipment and a mooring and
offloading system to the FPSO.
Both the subsea system and FPSO have
been delivered in less than 16 months after being awarded the
contracts by Reliance Industries Ltd. Furthermore, the entire field
development – from its first discovery to production of first oil –
has happened in the space of less than two-and-a-half years. The
latter is a testament to the fast-track approach Reliance Industries
has taken to this project.
“Never has such a complex
deepwater project been delivered quicker from a supplier standpoint,
and never has a field been developed that quickly”, says Raymond
Carlsen, executive vice president, Aker Solutions. “We are proud
to have worked with Reliance Industries on this record breaking,
fast-track project. We are also proud to be part of an Aker-family
that has shown its unique capabilities by delivering this project in
Subsea control systems were
manufactured in Aberdeen, UK, and umbilicals in Moss, Norway. Process
equipment and mooring and offloading system for the FPSO was
delivered by Aker Solutions subsidiaries Aker Process Systems AS and
Aker Pusnes AS respectively.