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Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform

Aibel is delivering the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field. The assignment comprises engineering, procurement and construction.

Johan Sverdrup is Aibel’s largest contract. It is managed from the company’s Oslo office and will involve more than 3,000 associates at its peak.

Johan Sverdrup field centre
Illustration: Statoil

The platform deck for the drilling platform will comprise three modules. Aibel is to build the largest module, the main support frame (MSF), at the company's yard in Thailand. The drilling support module (DSM), which is the second largest, will be built at the company's yard in Haugesund. The final module, the drilling equipment set (DES), will be built by partner Nymo in Grimstad. Work on combining the three modules will start in the autumn of 2017. This will take place at the company's yard in Haugesund. The finished platform will be handed over to Statoil in the second quarter of 2018. 

The assignment, which was awarded by Statoil in February 2015, has an estimated value of NOK 8 billion. Besides Nymo, who will build one of the modules, Odfjell Drilling and National Oilwell will make important contributions to the project.

Aibel estimates using almost 6,000 man-years on the Johan Sverdrup project, shared between the various disciplines. In addition there will be all the spin-off effects at and around the areas where the project will be carried out.

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Johan Sverdrup is one of the biggest oil discoveries on the Norwegian Continental Shelf ever.

Peak production on Johan Sverdrup will be equivalent to 25 percent for all Norwegian petroleum production. 

Statoil operates the field. Other license partner are Lundin Norway, Petoro, Det norske oljeselskap and Maersk Oil.

In February 2015, Aibel was awarded the EPC contract for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform. 

Source: statoil.com