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Johan Castberg

In May 2024, the Johan Castberg production ship left the dock at Aker Solutions in Stord, Norway, for sea trials before heading to the Barents Sea.

The Johan Castberg field is located approx. 100 kilometres north of the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea.

The resource base for developing the Johan Castberg field consists of the three oil discoveries Skrugard, Havis and Drivis, all of which are located in production licence 532. The field is scheduled to start up in Q4 2024, and will produce for 30 years.

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Development solution

The field development concept includes a production vessel and an extensive subsea development, with a total of 30 wells distributed across 10 subsea templates and two satellite structures.

The production vessel will be a so-called FPSO with subsea solutions. The expected recoverable resources are estimated at 450—650 million barrels of oil equivalent.

On the sea surface, you will see an anchored production vessel, a so-called FPSO. But it is underwater that the real size of the field presents itself. Johan Castberg is a major subsea field and is important for potential further development and infrastructure in the Barents Sea.

Operations of Johan Castberg will be handled using a supply and helicopter base in Hammerfest and an operating organisation in Harstad.

The Johan Castberg field development provides important infrastructure in a new oil province in the Barents Sea, and new volumes have been discovered in the area. Five more discoveries are being considered tied in to Johan Castberg and we plan for further exploration in the areas around Johan Castberg in the years to come.

  • The Equinor-operated discoveries Skrugard from 2011, Havis from 2012 and Drivis from 2014 constitute what is now the Johan Castberg project.
  • Johan Castberg is designed for a daily production of 35,000 Sm3 oil equivalents (near 220,000 barrels)
  • Location: Johan Castberg is located approx. 100 kilometres north of the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea in blocks 7219/9 and 7220/4,5,7, around 240 km from Melkøya and 150 km from Goliat. The water depth is 360-390 metres, and Skrugard and Havis are 7 km apart.
  • Discoveries: Skrugard April 2011, Havis January 2012, Drivis May 2014.