Johan Sverdrup Drilling Topside Begins Sailaway

Johan Sverdrup Drilling Topside Begins Sailaway
The Johan Sverdrup drilling topside begins its sailaway from the Aibel yard in Haugesund.

Equinor revealed Thursday that the Johan Sverdrup drilling topside has begun its sailaway from the Aibel yard in Haugesund.

The barge carrying the 482-foot platform will be tugged towards Bømlafjorden at Stord, where it will be transferred to the Pioneering Spirit before proceeding to the Johan Sverdrup field for installation as the second of four platforms in Phase 1 of the development.

“It’s great to see the drilling platform ready for sail-out. Aibel has delivered a high-quality platform, while performing well on safety,” Trond Bokn, Equinor’s senior vice president for Johan Sverdrup, said in a company statement.

“This marks an important milestone for the Johan Sverdrup partnership, Aibel and the Norwegian supplier industry,” he added.

Lars Håvardsholm, Equinor’s project manager for the drilling platform, said the asset was ‘path breaking’.

“This is the first and biggest platform being assembled onshore and prepared for installation offshore in one single lift, so this is path breaking,” he said.

“The plan has been challenging at times, all work from start to finish taking just 39 months, but it has all been excellently delivered both with regard to safety, costs and quality,” he added.

Aibel won the contract for the Johan Sverdrup drilling topside in February 2015. The contract, worth $981 million (NOK 8 billion) is one of the biggest individual contracts awarded during Phase 1 of the field development, in addition to being among the biggest on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Johan Sverdrup is one of the five biggest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. With expected recoverable resources of between 2.1-3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, it will be one of the most important industrial developments in Norway over the next 50 years.

Equinor holds a 40.0267 percent operated stake in Johan Sverdrup, with Lundin Norway holding 22.6 percent, Petoro holding 17.36 percent, Aker BP holding 11.5733 percent and Total holding 8.44 percent.


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