Johan Sverdrup Platform

Statoil has awarded a Nkr6.7bn ($842m) contract to Kvaerner and KBR to construct the topside for the utility and living quarters platform at Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.

Under the contract, the companies will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, with work consisting of utility and accommodation modules.

Statoil Technology, Projects and Drilling executive vice-president Margareth Øvrum said: "The market has shown a strong interest in this contract, and Kvaerner and KBR have won the contract in tough international competition."

Subcontractors in Poland under management of Kvaerner will fabricate the utility module accounting for 9,700t, while the engineering and procurement of equipment would be performed by KBR.

The fabrication will be completed at Stord, Norway.

According to Statoil, the accommodation module weighing 9,300t will be constructed at Apply Leirvik’s yard in Stord Norway and in Emtunga Sweden.

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The topside modules will be assembled at Kvaerner Stord and have a total weight of around 19,000t.

The contract will also have an option for commissioning assistance and offshore hook-up for the platform.

"On plateau, production will account for 25% of all Norwegian oil and gas production."

Slated for completion in the first quarter in 2019, the utility and living quarters platform will be installed at the Johan Sverdrup field by using Pioneering Spirit, the heavy-lift vessel.

Claimed to be the largest living quarters on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), the platform will have 560 beds and contain central support systems for the field centre.

Johan Sverdrup field senior vice-president Øivind Reinertsen said: "On plateau, production will account for 25% of all Norwegian oil and gas production.

"We have now awarded the project’s second main topside construction contract, and we are on schedule to meet an ambitious field development plan with production start on Johan Sverdrup at the end of 2019."

As part of the initial phase of field development, four installations, including a utility and living quarters platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform and three subsea water injection templates will take place.

Image: A generated image of the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform. Photo: courtesy of Statoil ASA.