STAVANGER, Norway – Heerema Marine Contractors has installed the first piece of equipment for the Johan Sverdrup development in the central Norwegian North Sea.
The crane vessel Thialf installed the 280-metric ton (308-ton) pre-drilling template, which Heerema also designed and built.
The structure, which is 10 m (33 ft) tall and 32 m (105 ft) in length, includes eight well slots that will allow production wells to be pre-drilled before the drilling platform is installed in 2018.
Odfjell Drilling’s semisubmersible Deepsea Atlantic is due to start pre-drilling through the template next March.
To date Statoil has awarded contracts for the project with a total value of more than NOK 40 billion ($4.9 billion), and more are expected to follow during the fall. Construction of the first platform jacket has started at Kværner Verdal in Norway.