Aker Solutions has secured a contract from Equinor and partners for hook-up of the fifth platform on the Johan Sverdrup field offshore Norway.

The contract is valued at about Nkr500m ($57.4m).

At peak stage, the contract is expected to provide jobs for nearly 1,300 people.

Onshore preparation work under the latest contract starts immediately, while offshore hook-up work is scheduled to start in Q4-2022.

The Johan Sverdrup field began production in 2019 with an estimated output capacity of 440,000bpd.

It is located 150km off the Norwegian coast in the North Sea and is being developed in two phases.

The field is operated by Equinor (42.6%), alongside Lundin Norway (20%), Petoro (17.36%), Aker BP (11.57%) and Total (8.44%).

Johan Sverdrup phase 2 project director Bjarne Bakken said: “Now Aker Solutions is modifying the riser platform for phase 2 and can move on to the hook-up and completion of the new processing platform on the field in 2022.”

The Johan Sverdrup field comprises five offshore platforms.

Johan Sverdrup phase 2, which will be the second processing platform at the Johan Sverdrup field, consists of a new processing platform, which is now under construction by oil firm Aibel.

It will be ‘towed back to Haugesund’ for completion before installation on the field in 2022.

Aker Solutions electrification, maintenance and modifications executive vice-president Linda L Aase said: “The productivity in the hook-up and commissioning work we delivered to Equinor in Phase 1 was high.

“We will build on this performance and implement even further improvements for the new contract for Phase 2, in close cooperation with Equinor’s team. We are glad that our focus on enhancing performance enables us to offer competitive execution models for new contracts.”

Last month, Equinor announced to increase production capacity at Johan Sverdrup field by 500,000bpd by the end of this year.