Samsung to build decks for process and riser platforms on Johan Sverdrup

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license, has awarded Samsung Heavy Industries the contract for decks for both the process and riser platforms.

Johan Sverdrup is an oil field located in the North Sea, offshore Norway. The total contract value is NOK 7 billion ($887.7 million).

It is a fabrication contract (FC) of decks for the process and riser platforms. Aker Solutions has previously been awarded engineering work and purchase of equipment packages for the two aforementioned decks.

The function of the process platform, which weighs approx. 26,000 tonnes, is to ensure stabilisation of the oil and processing into rich gas.

The riser platform, which weighs approx. 22,000 tonnes, will serve oil and gas exports, water and gas injection, as well as any future connections. The power cable from onshore also ends at this platform, where the current is transformed from direct current into alternating current for further distribution to the field centre.

The platform deck will be manufactured at the Samsung’s shipyard in South Korea.

“Johan Sverdrup is a large puzzle in which many suppliers must deliver with precision, quality and on time in order for us to start production towards the end of 2019 and this contract is yet another important milestone for the Johan Sverdrup project. Samsung has extensive experience in manufacturing such installations and we already have a good collaboration with the supplier. They have provided a competitive bid in a tough international competition,” says Margareth Øvrum, executive vice president for Technology, projects and drilling at Statoil.

With this latest award, all contracts for the four platform decks have been awarded. The decks for the drilling platform and accommodation platform have already been awarded to Aibel (EPC) and Kværner Stord (EPC). In addition, 65% of the equipment packages have so far been awarded to suppliers with Norwegian billing addresses.

“Johan Sverdrup will be of major significance to the whole of society for at least 50 years into the future. We now have in place a broad and strong team in the supplier industry to construct the decks for the four platforms. This provides the most optimal conditions for project delivery in terms of quality, time and cost,” says Øivind Reinertsen, project director of Johan Sverdrup field development.

Johan Sverdrup

The investment costs for phase 1 of the Johan Sverdrup development are estimated at some NOK 117 billion ($14.86 billion, 2015 value). Recoverable resources are projected at between 1.4 and 2.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

The development concept for Johan Sverdrup phase 1 will consist of four installations, including a utility and accommodation platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform, in addition to three subsea templates for water injection.

The Johan Sverdrup partnership consists of Statoil, Lundin Norway, Petoro, Det norske oljeselskap and Maersk Oil. The partnership has recommended Statoil as the operator of all field phases.

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