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Latest news on Johan Sverdrup

The first phase of the giant field development in the North Sea is nearing completion, and the second phase is already underway. Here are the latest news items about the project.

Johan Sverdrup field centre complete

Recently the last pieces of the Johan Sverdrup field centre were lifted into place. With this, the four platforms that make up the first phase of the giant development are in place.

What is probably the busiest installation campaign for any project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is now complete. Ahead lies among other things extensive testing and commissioning of the field centre – to make sure the four platforms function as one – in preparation for production start-up expected in November 2019.

Key installation milestones and other activities so far

Foto: Roar Lindefjeld/Bo Randulff/Equinor


  • The processing platform topsides (P1)
  • The utility- and living quarters topsides (LQ)
  • Two bridges (connecting LQ to P1 and P1 to the drilling platform)
  • The flare stack for the processing platform


  • The riser platform topsides (RP)
  • The drilling platform topsides (DP)
  • Three steel jackets (for the drilling platform, the processing platform, and the utility- and living quarters)
  • The bridge connecting the riser and drilling platforms
  • 283 km of oil pipelines
  • 156 km of gas pipelines
  • 200 km of power cables
  • Subsea manifolds


  • The steel jacket for the riser platform
  • Infield pipelines


  • Start of pre-drilling campaign with the semi-submersible drilling rig, Deepsea Atlantic
  • Three water injector templates


  • Installation of the pre-drilling template 

Johan Sverdrup - the making of a giant (2018 and 2019)

Johan Sverdrup - a tour inside the largest living quarter on the NCS

Building Johan Sverdrup

Johan Sverdrup—the North Sea giant

Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. With expected resources estimated at 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent, it is also one of the most important industrial projects in Norway in the next 50 years. The development and operation of this enormous field will generate revenue and provide jobs for coming generations.

According to the consultancy Agenda Kaupang, the Johan Sverdrup development may generate employment in Norway of more than 150,000 man-years during the construction phase of 2015-2025. In the first phase of the development, 70% of the contracts were awarded to suppliers in Norway. In phase two, the percentage of contracts going to suppliers in Norway may well exceed 85%. During the period 2016-2018, the main construction phase of the first phase of the project, more than 12,000 people around the world contributed to Johan Sverdrup each and every day. During operations, Johan Sverdrup may contribute to employment of more than 3,400 people on average each year. The field is also expected to generate income to the Norwegian state and society exceeding NOK 900 billion over the lifetime of the field.

The field will be operated by electrical power generated onshore, reducing offshore emissions of climate gases by 80%—90% compared to a standard development utilising gas turbines on the NCS.


During the construction phase (2015-2025) Johan Sverdrup may generate employment equivalent to more than 150,000 man-years in Norway (Agenda Kaupang, 2017).


Johan Sverdrup is one of the largest oil discoveries ever made on the NCS.


Power from shore helps reduce emissions from Johan Sverdrup estimated at more than 620,000 tons CO2 per year, equivalent to the emissions of more than 310,000 private cars.


 Peak production will constitute 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production at the time.

Johan Sverdrup - the facts

Our digital ambitions and technologies are being implemented and realised throughout the Johan Sverdrup project

  • Located on the Utsira Heigh in the North Sea, 160 kilometres west of Stavanger
  • Oil from the field will be piped to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland. Gas will be transported via Statpipe to the Kårstø processing plant in North Rogaland
  • Total production revenues estimated at  NOK 1,430 billion over 50 years
  • Income to the Norwegian state and society estimated at more than NOK 900 billion
  • Daily production during first phase estimated at 440,000 barrels of oil per day. Peak production estimated to reach 660,000 barrels of oil daily
  • Water depth is 110—120 metres; the reservoir is located at a depth of 1900 metres
  • The field will be operated by electrical power generated onshore
  • Production start for phase one is planned for November 2019
  • Production start for phase two of the project is expected in Q4 2022
  • First-phase investments estimated at NOK 83 billion (capex numbers in nominal terms based on fixed currency)
  • Phase two investments estimated at NOK 41 billion (capex numbers in nominal terms based on fixed currency)
Picture of three guys standing in front of a platform talking

Creating value

A new adventure on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS):
When we first discovered oil in the North Sea, few people in Norway foresaw the growth and affluence that this venture would bring to the country.

Picture of a man taking core samples from the Johan Sverdrup test drill

Our task

We are the operator of both phases of the Johan Sverdrup development.
In many ways, Johan Sverdrup represents the sum total of 40 years' development and activities on the Norwegian continental shelf.


Its magnitude

The discovery of the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea in 2010—2011.
It will endure as a milestone in the history of the Norwegian oil industry.


Johan Sverdrup and the future energy mix

Nature picture of sea and mountains in the North

Even in a two-degree scenario, the world will be dependent on oil and gas for many years to come. Oil is necessary for transport, in food production and for the production of plastics and other products that we use in our daily lives—but the world’s production of oil and gas is falling. Even in a low-carbon future, the world will still require new oil fields equivalent to 20 times Norway’s current total production in 2035. With one of the world’s lowest carbon emissions from production, Johan Sverdrup will be one of the most important oil fields providing sufficient energy for a growing global economy.

The Johan Sverdrup field is powered from shore, placing it among the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions in the world. Emissions from production of oil and gas from Johan Sverdrup average only 0.67kg CO2 per barrel, which compares with average emissions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf of 9kg CO2 per barrel and globally of about 18kg CO2 per barrel.

In the second phase of the development, the Johan Sverdrup field will also supply shore power to other fields on the Utsira High, including the Edvard Grieg, Gina Krog and Ivar Aasen fields. Emission reductions from Johan Sverdrup alone are estimated at more than 620,000 tonnes of CO2 on average per year, corresponding to annual emissions from more than 310,000 private cars.

The partners in the Johan Sverdrup field development:

Equinor (operator)

Lundin Norway