Statoil has awarded a contract to engineering firm Kværner Verdal for fabrication of two steel jackets for the Johan Sverdrup field, offshore Norway.
The contract has been awarded on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership and a letter of intent has signed for the delivery of the jackets.
Johan Sverdrup development project senior vice-president Kjetel Digre said: "An important part of the original letter of intent between Statoil and Kværner for delivery of steel jackets implied that the partners were to cooperate on realising further improvements through standardisation and simplification.
"The Johan Sverdrup project activity will rise considerably in the time ahead as we take new steps in the development.
"So far, we have awarded several main contracts and equipment packages at a value of more than Nkr43bn ($5.2bn)."
The drilling platform jacket weighs 22,500t and would be constructed during the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup project with delivery and installation expected to take place in the spring of 2018.
Kværner has already began the engineering stage at its facilities in Oslo.
Fabrication will be performed at the company’s specialised jacket facility in Verdal in Norway, with prefabrication expected to begin in summer 2016, while assembly is set to take place from spring 2017.
Based on 2015 value, the investment costs in the initial phase of the development are expected to be around Nkr117bn ($14.3bn) and recoverable resources are estimated to be in the range of 1.4 billion to 2.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
In the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup field development, four installations will take place that include a utility and living quarters platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform in addition to three subsea water injection templates.
Johan Sverdrup licence partners include Statoil (40.0267%), Lundin Norway (22.6%), Petoro (17.36%),
Det norske oljeselskap (11.5733%) and Maersk Oil (8.44%).
Image: The drilling platform jacket will be constructed during the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup project. Photo: © Statoil.