Johan Sverdrup

Statoil has selected Aker Solutions to deliver a concept study on a new processing platform for future phases of the Johan Sverdrup field in Norway’s North Sea.

Under the study, Aker Solutions will offer design solutions for a tie-in of the platform in addition to future satellites to the field centre that is being developed in the initial phase of the project.

The company will perform the work in Oslo and Stavanger and plans to deliver it in summer 2016.

Aker Solutions engineering head Valborg Lundegaard said: "Johan Sverdrup is of major importance to Norway’s oil industry and we’re very pleased to expand our involvement through work on future phases.

"We’ve worked closely with Statoil to bring down costs and increase the overall efficiency of the development and will continue to push for further improvements."

"We’ve worked closely with Statoil to bring down costs and increase the overall efficiency of the development and will continue to push for further improvements."

Johan Sverdrup is estimated to hold 1.7 billion to three billion barrels of oil equivalents.

Once developed, the field is expected to have the capacity to produce 550,000-650,000 barrels of oil equivalents a day.

Production from the field is slated to commence in late 2019 and could last for about 50 years.

The first development phase of the field will have four platforms that are connected by bridges.

In January 2016, Statoil and partners announced plans to reduce development costs of the field by over 10%, citing weak oil prices.

Statoil operates the Johan Sverdrup field with a 40.0267% stake. The remaining partners include Lundin Norway (22.6%), Petoro (17.36%) and Maersk Oil (8.44%).


Image: Johan Sverdrup field centre. Photo: courtesy of Statoil.