Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, hasl signed a contract with Norwegian engineering firm Aibel for the construction of the deck for the drilling platform on the field. The contract is worth in excess of NOK 8 billion.
The contract includes engineering work, procurement and construction (EPC) of the drilling platform deck. Engineering design will be undertaken at Aibel’s office in Asker outside Oslo
The platform deck will be built at the Aibel’s yard in Thailand and Haugesund, and at Nymo’s yard in Grimstad.
Assembly and mechanical completion of the deck will be carried out at the Aibel’s yard in Haugesund with delivery in 2018. Installation on the field is planned for the same year.
Aibel estimates using almost 6,000 man-years on the Johan Sverdrup project, shared between the various disciplines. In addition there will be all the spin-off effects at and around the areas where the project will be carried out.
“The Johan Sverdrup field is one of the biggest discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf that will, for its entire lifetime, be a pillar for Norwegian industry and value creation for the Norwegian society. On behalf of the partnership we are looking forward to a close cooperation with Aibel in order to ensure a safe and efficient delivery of this project,” says Statoil’s Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president of Development & Production Norway.
“Targeted efforts have been made to reduce cost and ensure a cost-efficient delivery and execution. We are therefore pleased to see that Norwegian suppliers have regained their competitiveness. The drilling platform is one of four platforms in the planned field centre and it is a complex and challenging project in itself. In order to succeed we are dependent on competent suppliers at all stages, and Aibel has been awarded this contract in a very competitive market,” says Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology, Projects & Drilling Statoil.
Investment costs for full field development are estimated to be in the region of NOK 170-220 billion (2015 value) with recoverable resources of between 1.7 and 3.0 billion barrels oil equivalent.
Johan Sverdrup’s first phase development involves four installations including an accommodation a drilling, a riser and process platform, as well as three seabed templates for water injection. The platforms will be connected by walkways.
The ambition is a recovery of 70%. At plateau production the field will account for roughly 40% of the total oil production on the Norwegian continental shelf. Start-up is planned for late 2019.