The first piece of the Johan Sverdrup development has now been completed and installed on the field in the North Sea. Statoil has been appointed operator of all field phases, according to Statoil, the operator and joint-venture partner of the field.
Heerema Marine Contractors was responsible for design, building, and installing the pre-drilling template. Its crane vessel “Thialf” completed the installation of the 280-tonne pre-drilling template on the Johan Sverdrup field.
The 32-meter-long, 10-meter-high pre-drilling template is one of the smallest building blocks of the Johan Sverdrup development but it plays a key role in the project. The pre-drilling template contains eight well slots that allow production wells to be pre-drilled before the drilling platform is installed in 2018 and production starts at Johan Sverdrup in late 2019.
Pre-drilling allows the production capacity to be utilized as efficiently as possible when Johan Sverdrup has come on stream. The drilling rig Deepsea Atlantic will start pre-drilling on the Johan Sverdrup field through the pre-drilling template from March 2016.
The Johan Sverdrup partnership consists of Statoil, Lundin Norway, Petoro, Det norske oljeselskap, and Maersk Oil.