Johan Sverdrup processing topside departs South Korea

The Johan Sverdrup processing platform is now sailing to Norway on board Boskalis Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy-transport vessel.
The Johan Sverdrup processing platform is now sailing to Norway on board Boskalis Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy-transport vessel.

The processing platform for the Johan Sverdrup field has left Samsung Heavy Industries’ yard in South Korea, Equinor said today.

The Norwegian energy giant said the platform, built as a complete topside, was on schedule and under budget.

It is now sailing to Norway aboard Boskalis Vanguard, the world’s largest heavy-transport vessel.

At the Kvaerner yard on Stord, two pedestal cranes will be mounted and further preparations made before its installation at the Johan Sverdrup field in a single lift by the Pioneering Spirit vessel in spring 2019.

Trond Bokn, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup development, said: “The Johan Sverdrup project has been on a formidable improvement journey the last few years, mostly thanks to high quality in the execution phase.

“This has also been a defining characteristic of the delivery of the processing topside currently en route from South Korea to Norway.

“In cooperation with Aker Solutions, Samsung has delivered another high-quality topside for Johan Sverdrup according to plan and without serious incidents.

“Such deliveries are imperative to ensure a safe start-up of Johan Sverdrup in November 2019.”

Jill Sale, project manager for the processing platform and responsible for the Johan Sverdrup project in South Korea, said: “Having built this as a complete topside gave us a unique opportunity to test a lot of systems that we normally wouldn’t have been able to test prior to installation offshore.

“This has given us a better picture of the quality of the work undertaken and helps safeguard the plan towards start-up of the field next year.

“What I am most proud of, in addition to the quality of the processing facility, is that the work done here on both the riser platform and now the processing platform have been completed without any serious incidents.”

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