The construction of the biggest industry project of our time, the Johan Sverdrup field, starts now. First to come is the substructure Kvaerner is delivering for the riser platform, which is one of four platforms at the new field centre. Today – just as planned machine operator Stian Myrvold Green in Kvaerner lights the cutting flame, and the first steel for the riser platform jacket is cut.
This is an important day for us. One year after signing the frame agreement for delivery of steel jacket substructures to future Statoil projects the construction of the first of the jackets for Johan Sverdrup starts as planned. The agreement is a solid and predictable foundation as basis for continuous and long-term planning in connection with further development of Kvaerner in Verdal, says executive vice president Jackets Sverre Myklebust.
Letter of Intent for one steel jacket for the riser platform and one for the drilling platform was signed on 24 June 2014. The design of the riser platform jacket started immediately. The signing of the call-off contract took place on 20 January this year, when Kvaerner’s business area for jackets through a six month pilot project had confirmed the effect of cost reductions and improved competitiveness.
Kvaerner’s extensive business within oil and gas developments includes a leading position in the market for big steel jackets for the North Sea region. The company has delivered 43 steel jackets for offshore platforms for the past 43 years. The riser platform for Johan Sverdrup will be the biggest and most complex jacket from Kvaerner so far.
– For Kvaerner’s business area for jackets the work is important for the engineering organisation in Oslo and for our specialized yard in Verdal. The prefabrication starts now, and the assembly begins in the first quarter of 2016. The jacket for the riser platform is planned to be delivered in the summer of 2017, says Myklebust.
At peak manpower 350 Kvaerner employees will be working on the project. 1 000 people from different contractors and service companies are also expected to be involved.
In addition to the contract for the riser platform jacket and the letter of intent for the drilling platform jacket, Kvaerner on 12 June signed a contract with Statoil for a complete delivery of the deck for the utility and living quarter platform in a joint venture with the company KBR. The signed agreements on deliveries for Johan Sverdrup are very important for Kvaerner.