Statoil has started construction on the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform on the island of Stord, north of Stavanger, Norway.
Statoil Johan Sverdrup project director Kjetel Digre said: "Johan Sverdrup is the biggest industrial project in modern times in Norway, and will create considerable value for society for generations to come.
"We are kicking off the construction of the utility and living quarters platform, which is the second of four platform currently under construction in the first project phase."
In June 2015, a joint venture between Kværner and KBR secured a contract for engineering and construction of the topside for the utility and living quarters platform for the field.
Kværner will fabricate parts of the topside steel frame in addition to assembling complete parts for the utility and living quarters platform prior to installation of the platform on the field in 2019.
Apply Leirvik, the sub-supplier of Kværner, will construct the accommodation module for the living quarters platform.
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Construction of other modules for the utility and living quarters platform will take place at the Energomontaz Polnoc Gdynia (EPG), Mostostal Pomorze Gdansk (MPG), Mostostal Chojnice and Crist Offshore in Poland, as well as in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Engineering is planned to be carried out at KBR’s office in Leatherhead, UK, and at Apply Leirvik on Stord. Fabrication work also started at two of the yards in Poland and at Apply Leirvik.
The utility and living quarters platform will have a capacity to accommodate 560 people and will also house the field’s control and emergency centre, and some utility systems covering the whole field centre.
The platform is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2019 and will be installed on the Johan Sverdrup field using the Pioneering Spirit vessel.
Separately, Statoil has exercised options for previously awarded drilling service contracts for 17 fixed installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The option period is set to last from 1 October 2016 until 1 October 2018.
Image: Johan Sverdrup field in Norway. Photo: © Statoil.