KØPERVIK, Norway – The Norwegian parliament (Storting) has approved Statoil’s plan for development and operation of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.
Gassco will become operator of the 156-km (97-mi), 18-in. gas pipeline from the field’s riser platform to the Statpipe rich gas system on the seafloor west of Karmøy. From there the gas will flow to the Kårstø process plant north of Stavanger.
The new pipeline’s capacity should create opportunities for additional gas exports from other projects in the Utsira High area.
Johan Sverdrup is due to come onstream in December 2019. It is expected to remain in production for 50 years.