|Kjetel Digre, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup project. (Photo credit: Øyvind Torjusen)|
Haugesund mayor Arne-Christian Mohn started the machine cutting the steel for the Johan Sverdrup offshore drilling platform.
This marks the start of the construction of the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund.
The construction contract for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform was awarded to Aibel in February 2015. The topside engineering work is being performed in Aibel’s Asker office, where also Statoil’s project team is located.
The 22 500-tonne topsides will consist of three modules, one of which will be built at the yard in Haugesund, one at the Deeline yard in Thailand, and one at Nymo’s yard in Grimstad. The modules will be assembled at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund in the autumn of 2017, before the platform is installed on the field in 2018.
In the summer of 2015 the pre-drilling templates were installed on the field. The Deepsea Atlantic semi-submersible will start pre-drilling wells on the field in March 2016.
The cost development for the Johan Sverdrup project has been positive. So far the investment estimate for the first phase of the development has been reduced by 12 %.