Kvaerner, KBR team up for Johan Sverdrup ULQ platform topsides

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway – Statoil has contracted the Kvaerner/KBR joint venture to supply the deck for the utility and living quarter (ULQ) platform for the Johan Sverdrup complex in the central Norwegian North Sea.

Estimated value is around NOK 6.7 billion ($842 million).

The ULQ will be one of four platforms installed for the Phase One development. The 51%/49% Kvaerner/KBR joint venture will execute the engineering, procurement, and construction for the topsides as one complete delivery, with an option for commissioning assistance and offshore hookup for the platform.

KBR will perform engineering and procurement of equipment. The 9,300-metric ton (10,251-ton) accommodation module will be constructed at Apply Leirvik’s yard in Stord, Norway and at Emtunga in Sweden, with subcontractors in Poland fabricating the 9,700-metric ton (10,692-ton) utility module under Kvaerner’s supervision.

Kvaerner Stord will assemble and integrate the topsides modules in Stord.

The platform will accommodate personnel working at the Johan Sverdrup field for more than 50 years. Statoil says it will be the largest living quarters on the Norwegian continental shelf with a bed capacity for 560 people.

In addition, all field production control and monitoring will be performed in the ULQ’s control room, and it will additionally house support systems for the field center such as emergency power, firewater systems, diesel, heat recovery and freshwater production.

The ULQ will be connected to Johan Sverdrup’s processing platform via a gangway.

A joint Kvaerner/KBR team will manage engineering for the topsides in Leatherhead, close to London, with procurement activities undertaken in Norway and the UK.

Detailed engineering is under way, with fabrication expected to start during spring 2016. At peak in 2017, 1,500-2,000 people will be involved in the project execution.

Statoil expects the ULQ to be completed during 1Q 2019 for subsequent installation at the field by Allseas’ heavy-lift vessel Pioneering Spirit.


Statoil's Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform
Illustration of the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform. (Courtesy Statoil)

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