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NOV wins contract for flexible pipe, ancillaries in Norwegian North Sea

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NOV Flexibles has signed a contract with Ocean Installer for the supply of flexible pipes and ancillaries for the redevelopment of the Vår Energi-operated Balder field on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The contract covers over 90km of flexible pipe systems, including 10 dynamic risers, five midwater arches and other riser accessories. The project will be delivered between 2020 and 2022, making it the largest delivery for the North Sea in NOV Flexibles’ history.

"This is a significant award for NOV and the largest North Sea project in our history," said Michael Hart, president of subsea production systems. "Throughout the history of the group, the North Sea has always been a key area of focus and commitment. For more than 20 years we have set many firsts and delivered a grand total of more than 210km of flexible pipes for installation offshore Norway. NOV would like to thank Vår Energi and Ocean Installer for their confidence in our ability to contribute to the success of the Balder Future project."

Håvard Strand, COO at Ocean Installer, added: "Ocean Installer is pleased to place such a significant subcontract with [NOV] Flexibles. This is a complex delivery and critical to the overall success of the Balder Future project. We look forward to working in close cooperation with NOV over the coming years to successfully and safely deliver this project."