Contract awarded for Johan Sverdrup processing and riser platforms

June 30, 2015, 11:14 CEST

The contract is a fabrication contract (FC) for the topsides for the processing and riser platforms. Aker Solutions has previously been awarded the contract for engineering work and purchase of equipment packages for the two aforementioned topsides. 

The function of the processing platform, which weighs approx. 26,000 tonnes, is to ensure oil stabilisation as well as processing into rich gas.

The riser platform, which weighs approx. 22,000 tonnes, will take care of oil and gas exports, water and gas injection, as well as any future tie-ins. The power cable from onshore also ends on this platform, where the current is transformed from direct current into alternating current for further distribution to the field centre. 

The topsides will be fabricated at the Samsung’s shipyard in South Korea. 


Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology, projects and drilling at Statoil. (Photo: Harald Pettersen / Statoil)

“Johan Sverdrup is a large puzzle in which many suppliers must deliver with precision, quality and on time in order for us to start production towards the end of 2019, and this contract is yet another important milestone for the Johan Sverdrup project. Samsung has extensive experience in manufacturing such installations and we already have a good partnership with the supplier. They have provided a competitive bid in a tough international competition,” says Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling at Statoil.

With this latest award, all contracts for the four topsides have been awarded. The topsides for the drilling platform and the accommodation platform have already been awarded to Aibel (EPC) and Kværner Stord (EPC). In addition, 65% of the equipment packages have been awarded to suppliers with Norwegian billing addresses. 


Øivind Reinertsen, senior vice president for Johan Sverdrup. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Statoil)

“Johan Sverdrup will generate great values for the whole society for more than 50 years.  We have now assigned a broad and strong team in the supply industry to construct the topsides for the four platforms. This provides an optimal basis for quality project deliveries on time and cost, says Øivind Reinertsen, senior vice president for Johan Sverdrup. 

Facts Johan Sverdrup

The investment costs for phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development are estimated at some NOK 117 billion NOK (2015 value). Recoverable resources are projected at between 1.4 and 2.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
The development concept for Johan Sverdrup phase 1 will consist of four installations, including a utility and accommodation platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform, in addition to three subsea templates for water injection.

The platforms will be bridge-linked. The project aims at a recovery rate of 70% for Johan Sverdrup.

The Johan Sverdrup partnership consists of Statoil, Lundin Norway, Petoro, Det norske oljeselskap and Maersk Oil. The partnership has recommended Statoil as the operator of all field phases.

Overall main contracts at a value of more than NOK 27 billion and more than 45 equipment package contracts at a value of NOK 3.5 billion have been awarded to suppliers with Norwegian invoice addresses.