Fabrication Starts On Offshore Giant

Published at 01:00PM - 31/03/16

Fabrication starts on offshore giant, the Johan Sverdrup platform, as the first steel is cut for the platform’s utility and living quarters topside.

The platform will have the largest living quarters on the NCS with a capacity of 560 people; accommodating the crew working on the Johan Sverdrup field during the field’s 50 year life.

“Johan Sverdrup is the biggest industrial project in modern times in Norway, and will create considerable value for society for generations to come.” said Statoil’s project director.

Fabrication Starts On Offshore Giant

A ceremony to mark the start of the fabrication was held at Kværner’s yard in Norway, where apprentice, Jens Erik Eriksen, and the Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy Tord Lien cut the first steel.

Statoil Johan Sverdrup Accommodation Module Steel Cutting. Norwegian Minister For Energy And Petroleum
Norwegian MinisterTord Lien (l) and Apprentice Jens Erik Eriksen (r) At Steel Cutting Ceremony

“Today we are kicking off the construction of the utility and living quarters platform, which is the second of four platform currently under construction in the first project phase,” added Digre.

“The Johan Sverdrup project is growing every day. It is a complex puzzle with activities spread all over the world. We are 14,000 people working on the project every day in 2016, and together we will perform 100 million working hours.”


The contract for the utility and living quarters platform was awarded to a joint venture between Kværner and KBR, back in 2015, with work taking place at Kværner’s fabrication facility on the island of Stord, north of Stavanger.

Kværner Stord will fabricate parts of the topside steel frame, and will also assemble all parts for the utility and living quarters platform before the platform is installed on the field in 2019. At peak around 2000 Kværner employees will be involved in Johan Sverdrup deliveries.

Kværner’s sub-supplier Apply Leirvik on Stord will construct the accommodation module for the living quarters platform, which will be the biggest on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

International Effort

The other modules for the utility and living quarters platform will be constructed at the Energomontaz Polnoc Gdynia (EPG), Mostostal Pomorze Gdansk (MPG), Mostostal Chojnice and Crist Offshore in Poland, as well as in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Detailed engineering is performed at KBR’s office in Leatherhead, London, and at Apply Leirvik on Stord. The fabrication work was also kicked off today at two of the yards in Poland and at Apply Leirvik’s yard.

“We depend on everyone delivering as required, and all pieces of the puzzle falling into place at the right time and with the right quality. Our top priority is a safe working environment. We do not want any injuries among personnel working for the Johan Sverdrup project,” concluded Digre.

The platform will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, before it is installed on the Johan Sverdrup field by use of the world’s largest heavy-lift vessel, the Pioneering Spirit.

The Johan Sverdrup Field

The Johan Sverdrup field was discovered by Swedish based exploration company Lundin Petroleum in 2010.

Located 96 miles (155km) west of Stravanger, Norway, in a water depth of 120 meters, the field has reserves of 1.7 to 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

At its peak, the Johan Sverdrup field is expected to produce 550,000 to 650,000 barrels of oil a day, pumping its produce back ashore via subsea pipeline.

Oil produce will be transported back to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland, and gas produce transported via the Statpipe subsea line, to the Kårstø processing plant in North Rogaland.

The Johan Sverdrup Field, is a joint venture between Statoil 40.0267%, Lundin Norway 22.12%, Petoro 17.84%, Det norske oljeselskap 11.8933% and Maersk Oil. 8.12%.

Statoil will act as operator during all phases of the fields development, including production operator once the field comes on stream in 2019.