Kvaerner progressing Castberg, Njord A offshore structures

July 12, 2019

Offshore staff

OSLO, NorwayKvaerner has provided a progress report on its construction programs for various field developments offshore Norway.

At the company’s yard in Stord on the Norwegian west coast, work on the new quay and wet dock is progressing well and will be ready for the arrival of the Johan Castberg FPSO hull (from Singapore) in 2020.

At Stord and Verdal, module fabrication continues for the same project.

Upgrades continue to the Njord A semisubmersible platform and the finished structure is expected to be delivered to Equinor next year.

Three parallel projects are taking place at Stord’s demolition site, the most recent arrival for recycling being the old Valhall field living quarters.

Offshore, Kvaerner is in a joint team with Aker Solutions for hookup to prepare the Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 riser platform for the start of oil production later this year.

Fabrication has begun of a 5,000-metric ton (5,511-ton) module that will be delivered in 2021 for retrofitting to the riser platform for Phase 2.

Elsewhere, Kvaerner continues to work on the landfall for the Nord Stream 2 pipelines in the Baltic Sea, at a site outside St Petersburg, supported by the company’s Moscow office.

In Canada, work is advancing on a marine operations-related contract for Husky’s new West White Rose platform offshore Newfoundland, and a platform removal contract.  

According to Kvaerner, the combination of lower field development costs and higher oil prices has increased activity levels in oil and gas, notably in the front-end market with a large number of studies in progress.

The wellhead platform sector is particularly active, with Kvaerner recently securing a FEED contract from Shell for the planned Jackdaw wellhead platform in the UK central North Sea.

This is a design competition also involving a contractor in Italy: the EPC contract will likely be awarded in 2020.

Various large EPC contracts were issued in 2018, and more may follow later this year, Kvaerner said. However, a higher number of large prospects will likely go forward for sanction during 2020 and 2021.