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Johan Sverdrup project gets approval for phase 2 expansion

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Norwegian authorities have approved the proposed extension to the Johan Sverdrup development in the North Sea.

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Located 160km west of Stavanger, the development is one of the highest value projects on one of the largest fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Phase 2 will involve development and operation of a new processing platform, modifications of the first-phase riser platform, five subsea systems and preparations for power supply from shore to the Utsira High area. 

It’s expected to increase production capacity of the field from 440,000b/d to 660,000b/d of oil. It involves a capital expenditure of £3.6 billion ($4.68 billion).

“This is a big day for Equinor and the other Johan Sverdrup partners comprising Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total,” said Anders Opedal, executive vice president for Technology, Projects and Drilling in Equinor.

“Johan Sverdrup is a world-class field that will provide value to its owners and society for 50 years ahead with record-low emissions. This truly marks the beginning of the second development phase.”

Phase 1 of the development is almost 90% complete, with production expected to begin in November. The Phase 2 topside will be constructed in the Aibel yard in Haugesund and installed in 2022.

Phase 2 is expected to employ up to 1500 people during the construction phase.

“Johan Sverdrup has played an important role to suppliers and local communities in Norway, including Aibel and Haugesund. With the construction of the second processing platform kicked off here at Aibel’s yard on Risøy, the Johan Sverdrup project will once more become a landmark in Haugesund, which is great,” said Trond Bokn, senior vice president for the Johan Sverdrup development in Equinor.

"Close and good cooperation with our suppliers has been key to the improvements we have seen in the development so far. Bringing considerable experience and expertise into the second construction phase – which we are currently doing on the processing platform – gives us a sound basis for delivering also the next phase safely, with quality and at cost,”

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