Norway’s safety watchdog, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), has given Equinor consent to use the P1 processing platform on the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea offshore Norway.
The P1 production platform is the third of four platforms to be installed at the Johan Sverdrup field center. Production from the field is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The various facilities and installations for phase one are being prepared and completed for use in the period from 2Q 2018 to 4Q 2019.
The two other consents for the use of the drilling and riser platforms were granted to Equinor during 2018.
Namely, Equinor received consent to use parts of the riser platform on the Johan Sverdrup field in April 2018.
The riser platform was the first of four facilities installed at the Johan Sverdrup field in the first phase of the field development. The installation of the riser platform was completed in late April 2018.
The consent applied to the use of the riser facility for commissioning of equipment and an area in the installation phase.
The consent for the use of the drilling platform was awarded in November last year. The drilling platform was the second one installed on the field. Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit vessel installed the 22,000 t drilling platform topsides for Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup in June 2018.
Johan Sverdrup is located on the Utsira High in the North Sea, 140 kilometers west of Stavanger. It is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.
With expected resources of between 2.1—3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalents, it will also be one of the most important industrial projects in Norway in the next 50 years.
Facilities at the field have steel jackets, are linked by bridges and stand in water approximately 120 meters deep. Production start is estimated for the end of 2019, and the field has a production horizon of 2050.
It is worth reminding that the Pioneering Spirit vessel recently lifted last pieces of the Johan Sverdrup in place – two final platform topsides, a bridge and a flare stack.
Offshore Energy Today Staff
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