PHOTOS: First of Johan Sverdrup topsides installed, Aasta Hansteen platform arrives

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Energy giant Statoil has released images of work being carried out on three major projects set for the Norwegian Sea.

The first of four topsides has been installed for the massive Johan Sverdrup field.

Statoil’s image shows the Thialf crane vessel installing the topside on a steel jacket which was already in place.

Johan Sverdrup is estimated to have up to 3.1billion barrels of oil equivalent.

Senior vice president for the project Kjetel Digre, said: “It’s a special feeling to see the first Johan Sverdrup platform in place, even a few days ahead of the plan set more than three years ago – all without any serious incidents along the way.

“This is a testament to the high quality in execution of the project so far, which again is a result of the good collaboration between thousands of people at our suppliers, partners and Statoil.”

The weekend also saw the arrival of the Aasta Hansteen platform at the field following a 500 nautical mile tow from the Stord field.


Aasta Hansteen is estimated to have recoverable reserves of 51billion standard cubic metres of gas.

Meanwhile the living quarters for the Martin Linge project have arrived at Sadnes Harbour from Sweden.

Martin Linge has estimated recoverable reserves of 190 million barrels of oil equivalent.