Aibel inks Johan Castberg maintenance work

May 23, 2023
Aibel has been awarded a maintenance and modifications agreement by Equinor for the Johan Castberg project.

Offshore staff

STAVANGER, Norway  Aibel has been awarded a maintenance and modifications agreement by Equinor for the Johan Castberg project. The work will be carried out from Aibel’s office in Harstad.

The agreement for the Johan Castberg Field is an addition to Aibel and Equinor’s existing framework agreement for several fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, including Norne and Aasta Hansteen. The agreement is valid from June 1 and throughout the framework contract until February 2026. Aibel estimates that the agreement has an annual value of about NOK 100 million ($9.1 million).

Project management, engineering and relevant support functions will be located at Aibel’s Harstad office, which will also meet the staffing need for Norne and Aasta Hansteen. Therefore, the agreement is expected to increase staffing and significantly strengthen the organization locally, Aibel says.

The company also said the agreement includes measures to create ripple effects throughout North Norway. For example, Aibel will actively recruit its offshore staff for Norne, Aasta Hansteen and Johan Castberg with personnel living in North Norway (Nordland, Troms and Finnmark). In addition, Aibel will find areas of supply from North Norway to other parts of the country, increase the use of North Norwegian subcontractors, and actively work on competence development throughout the region in cooperation with relevant educational institutions, including the Fagskolen i Nord and UiT (University of Tromsø).

The award of the Johan Castberg agreement comes after Aibel and Equinor entered into a 10-year strategic cooperation agreement in May 2022 with a common ambition to make activities in North Norway more robust in a long-term perspective.

The Johan Castberg Field is located about 100 km north of the Snøhvit Field in the Barents Sea. The planned startup is fourth-quarter 2024 after which the field will produce for 30 years. The field is being developed with a production ship and extensive subsea development. The operation of Johan Castberg will be carried out with a supply and helicopter base in Hammerfest and the operating organization in Harstad.



Courtesy Havfram LinkedIn and Lemuel Chin
Havfram Subsea
Photo by Joseph Lynch; courtesy Equinor
The Johan Castberg hull arrived at Stord this spring and will be in production in the Barents Sea in 2024.
(Courtesy Sembcorp Marine)
Johan Castberg Fpso Departs Tuas Boulevard Yard Delivery