Statoil lets EPC contract for Johan Sverdrup platform deck
Statoil ASA has let an 8-billion-kroner contract to Aibel AS for engineering work, procurement, and construction of the deck for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform.
The deck will comprise three modules. Aibel will build the largest module, the main support frame, at the company’s yard in Thailand. The drilling support module, the second largest, will be built at the company’s yard in Haugesund. The final module, the drilling equipment set, will be built by partner Nymo in Grimstad.
Work on combining the three modules will start in fall 2017 at Haugesund. The finished platform will be handed over to Statoil in second-quarter 2018.
“The drilling platform is one of four platforms in the planned field center, and it is a complex and challenging project in itself,” commented Margareth Ovrum, Statoil executive vice-president for technology, projects, and drilling.
The contract is subject to approval of the plan for development and operation (PDO). The partnership submitted its PDO for Phase 1 this month (OGJ Online, Feb. 13, 2015).
In addition to Statoil, the Johan Sverdrup partnership consists of Lundin Petroleum AB, Petoro, Det Norske Oljeselskap ASA, and Maersk Oil. The partnership has recommended Statoil as operator for all phases.