IKM Ocean Design, a subsea engineering contractor, has been awarded the Johan Sverdrup Infield Pipelines FEED contract by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil.

While the concept selection for Johan Sverdrup was made in February 2014, IKM plans to commence contract operations immediately to optimise the field architecture and infield pipeline layout, in order to develop a cost-effective solution for the Johan Sverdrup field development.

The field, which is set to commence production in late 2019, is located south of Grane, north-east of Sleipner and about 140km west of Stavanger, while the water depth in the area is around 110m-120m.

"Statoil was appointed working operator for Johan Sverdrup field in March 2012, following a pre-unit agreement between the different licensees."

IKM Ocean Design managing director Peder Hoås said: "This is a continuation of the good work performed for the concept study completed at the beginning of this year, and gives us the great opportunity to further support Statoil and its partners in developing the field architecture and subsea solutions for the largest oil discovery on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in thirty years."

Statoil was appointed working operator for Johan Sverdrup field in March 2012, following a pre-unit agreement between the different licensees.

Peak production of the field is estimated to exceed 500,000bpd, which will make it the largest producing oil field in the North Sea by the time it reaches its peak.

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The oil produced at the field will be transported by pipelines to the Mongstad refinery where it will be shipped and refined.

Image: Johan Sverdrup field development layout. Photo: courtesy of Statoil/IKM Ocean Design AS.

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