Sverdrup process topsides heads to Norway
The topsides for the Johan Sverdrup processing platform in the Norwegian North Sea is setting sail from the Samsung Heavy Industries yard on Geoje Island, South Korea.
Aker Solutions was responsible for engineering and procurement management for the topsides. According to Johan Sverdrup operator Equinor, since construction finished in May, there have been numerous tests to ensure the processing facility is completed to the fullest extent possible prior to installation next spring at the field location.
“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,” said Jill Sale, project manager for the processing platform and responsible for the Johan Sverdrup project in South Korea.
“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.”
The topsides is now sailing to Norway onboard the heavy-transport vesselBoskalis Vanguard. Its initial destination will be the Kværner yard on Stord, off western Norway, where two pedestal cranes will be mounted, and where further preparations will follow before the structure is lifted into position in one single lift by the Pioneering Spirit.
Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority has approved Equinor’s request to undertake drilling and well operations on theFram field in the northern Norwegian North Sea, 20 km (12 mi) north of Troll and in 350 m (1,148 ft) water depth.
Next month the semisubmersibleDeepsea Atlantic will start drilling three production wells with the program set to last 300 days.