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Johan Sverdrup living quarters topside ready for sail-away in Norway

Gasoil News - Published on Tue, 19 Mar 2019

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With 560 beds the Johan Sverdrup living quarters topside is the largest of its kind in Norway. The fourth and last platform for the first phase of the giant project is now ready for sail-away from Kværner’s yard on Stord to the Johan Sverdrup field, where it will be installed in a single lift. Mr Arne Sigve Nylund, executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, said that “This is an important day for Equinor, the Johan Sverdrup partnership and the Norwegian continental shelf. This is the last platform in the first phase of the project development, and the completion of the living quarters topside takes us one significant step closer to the start-up of Norway’s big source of income for the next 50 years.”

The Johan Sverdrup field – owned by license partners Equinor, Aker BP, Lundin Norway, Petoro and Total – is expected to provide value and revenue to the Norwegian state and society of more than NOK 900 billion over the field’s life.

A joint venture between Kværner and KBR was awarded the NOK 6,7 billion contract in June 2015 for constructing the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters topside. Leirvik AS was assigned to construct the living quarters modules for the platform. At peak, more than 2000 people have been involved in constructing the platform.

On 15 February this year the joint venture formally handed over the topside to Equinor, just as planned more than 3 ½ years ago. One month later, after further preparations, the living quarters topside is now ready for sail-away to the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea where it will be transported on board the lifting vessel Pioneering Spirit.

Mr Trond Bokn, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup development, said that “Kværner, KBR and Leirvik have delivered a high-quality platform on time and cost. As regards health, safety and environment, the project had a few incidents in the early phase. But the way our suppliers have turned this around has been commendable, so the overall results also in this area have been good. The platform’s high quality and degree of completion at the moment is vital to be able to start field production as planned in November this year,” says Bokn.

Mr Aud Hove, Equinor’s project manager for the utility and living quarters topside, said that “This is perhaps the closest to a 'plug-n-play' platform of this size we have ever seen, proving that the joint venture in collaboration with Leirvik have delivered an excellent product.”

Mr Hove that "This is also a result of the good collaboration and high quality in execution which the project has had since day one. We’ve met every milestone as originally planned, which is quite unique.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
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