Norwegian major Equinor has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to domestic services company Aibel for the final bridge on the Johan Sverdrup field.
The deal, worth an estimated NOK 200 million, was included as an option in Aibel’s initial contract for the Johan Sverdrup P2 topside awarded by Equinor in April 2018.
The 100-meter, 1,350-metric-ton bridge (YB005) is part of the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup project and will connect the P2 process platform with the riser platform (RP) at the field. This includes the jacket-based processing platform P2, modifications to RP and to the field center and phase 2 of the onshore power plant at Haugsneset (PfSP2). These developments will expand production capacity from 440,000 barrels of oil per day to 660,000 barrels of oil per day. Production start for phase 2 of the field is expected Q4 2022.
Work on the bridge will be organized under the ongoing P2 project led by Aibel's project director Stig Jessen.
“The design work in Asker is already well underway while the construction phase in Aibel’s yard in Thailand will start in the middle of 2020,” Jessen said. “The finished bridge is scheduled for delivery at our Haugesund yard in the end of 2021 together with the 23,000 tons P2 platform deck. The timing of the bridge construction is perfect as it comes on the tail end of the ongoing construction work in Thailand.”
Nils Arne Hatleskog, EVP Field Development & Offshore Wind in Aibel, said the bridge EPC work is Aibel’s seventh consecutive contract for the Johan Sverdrup project
Aibel’s earlier awards on the Johan Sverdrup field include drilling platform EPC (JSDP), power from shore phase 1 (JSPfS), offshore hook-up JSDP, offshore hook-up JSLQ & JSP1, P2 process platform EPC (JSP2) and power from dhore phase 2.
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