Statoil announced today that construction works have started on the Johan Sverdrup riser platform at the Samsung Heavy Industries yard in South Korea.
When it is ready, the platform will play a key role on the Johan Sverdrup field centre, as it will be the receiver of land-based power that will maintain operation on the field for over 50 years.
“As we are starting the riser platform construction, we are taking another important step in delivering the Johan Sverdrup project on schedule”, Johan Sverdrup project director Kjetel Digre, states.
Construction Starts On Johan Sverdrup Riser Platform
It is from this platform that all the oil and gas produced from the Johan Sverdrup reservoir will be exported to land.
“As of today Samsung Heavy Industries will gradually be given more responsibility for ensuring that the riser platform is built without any HSE incidents and that the platform is delivered according to plan and cost,” Digre says.
“We have an ambitious project plan for Johan Sverdrup, and we depend on high-quality and precision work from Samsung and more than 100 equipment package suppliers when they are delivering the riser platform and the processing platform topsides,” he adds.
Free Deck Space Used To Improve Recovery
According to the executive, this is the first time in an offshore project that Statoil will count on over 2,500 square metres (26,909 square feet) of free deck space, “which will be used for equipment and technology that may improve recovery and extend the life of Johan Sverdrup”.
This riser platform is the largest of the four that comprise the Johan Sverdrup field centre.
It is expected to be 124 metres (472.4 feet) long, 28 metres (91.8 feet) wide, 42 metres (137.7 feet) tall, with a total weight of 23,000 tonnes.
The construction of the processing platform (P1) for Johan Sverdrup is expected to start in July.
The preparations for the riser platform construction started in January 2015, after the award of the engineering and procurement management contract to Aker Solutions, for the processing platform and the riser platform for Johan Sverdrup.