Statoil has marked the formal construction start for the Johan Sverdrup riser platform in South Korea.
The Norwegian operator began preparations for the riser platform construction in January last year when Aker Solutions was awarded the contract for engineering and procurement management for the processing platform and the riser platform for Johan Sverdrup.
Project director Kjetel Digre, said: “As we are starting the riser platform construction we are taking another important step in delivering the Johan Sverdrup project on schedule.
“As of today Samsung Heavy Industries will gradually be given more responsibility for ensuring that the riser platform is built without any HSE incidents and that the platform is delivered according to plan and cost. We have an ambitious project plan for Johan Sverdrup, and we depend on high-quality and precision work from Samsung and more than 100 equipment package suppliers when they are delivering the riser platform and the processing platform topsides.”
The riser platform will play a key role on the field centre, as it will be the receiver of land-based power that will maintain operation on the Johan Sverdrup field for more than 50 years.
The riser platform is the largest of the four platforms constituting the Johan Sverdrup field centre. The platform will be 124 metres long, 28 metres wide, 42 metres tall, and have a total weight of 23,000 tonnes.