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9 June 2015: Kvaerner and KBR wins EPC contract of the topside and living quarters platform for Johan Sverdrup

9 June 2015

Statoil is, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup partnership, signing a contract with a joint venture consisting of Kvaerner and KBR for construction of the topside for the utility and living quarters platform. The contract has a value of $870 million.

The contract includes engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the topside for the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform.

The utility and living quarters platform consists of two modules, one utility module and one accommodation module. Fabrication of the utility module will be done by subcontractors in Poland under management of Kvaerner and completed at Stord Norway.

KBR will carry out engineering and procurement of equipment for the utility module. The accommodation module will be constructed at Apply Leirvik’s yard in Stord Norway and in Emtunga Sweden.  The topside modules will be assembled at Kvaerner Stord.

The topside will have a total weight of around 19,000 tonnes, the utility module accounting for 9,700 tonnes and the accommodation module 9,300 tonnes.

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

The utility and living quarters platform will be completed in the first quarter in 2019 for installation at the Johan Sverdrup field by use of the world’s largest heavy-lift vessel Pioneering Spirit.

The platform will accommodate personnel working at the Johan Sverdrup field for more than 50 years. It will constitute the largest living quarters on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) with a bed capacity for 560 people.

In addition to accommodation, all field production control and monitoring activities will be carried out in the control room on the utility and living quarters platform. The platform will also contain central support systems for the field centre, such as emergency power, firewater systems, diesel, heat recovery and freshwater production.

The investment costs in the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup development, with expected recoverable resources in the range of 1.4 - 2.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The first phase of the Johan Sverdrup field development will consist of four installations, including a utility and living quarters platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform, as well as three subsea water injection templates. The platforms will be interlinked by gangways.

The ambition is a recovery rate of 70% for Johan Sverdrup. The Johan Sverdrup licensees are Statoil, Lundin Norway, Petoro, Det norske oljeselskap and Maersk Oil. The partners have recommended Statoil as operator for all field phases.

This contract award is subject to approval of the plan for development and operation of the Johan Sverdrup field by the Norwegian parliament (Storting) in 2015.



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