Norwegian oil and gas major Statoil reported Thursday that the first piece of the Johan Sverdrup development has now been completed and installed on the field in the North Sea. The Thialf crane vessel, owned by Heerema Marine Contractors, completed the installation of the 280-ton pre-drilling template. Heerema was responsible for the design, construction and installation of the 105-foot long, 32.8-foot high template – which is one of the smallest building blocks of the Johan Sverdrup development but which will play a key role in the project.
The pre-drilling template contains eight well slots that allow production wells to be pre-drilled before the drilling platform is installed in 2018 and production starts at Johan Sverdrup in late 2019.
Pre-drilling allows the production capacity to be utilized as efficiently as possible when Johan Sverdrup has come on stream. Commenting on the installation of the pre-drilling template, Kjetel Digre, who is in charge of the Johan Sverdrup development, said: “We have completed and installed the first piece of one of the largest industrial projects in Europe.
We still have a long journey ahead in the Johan Sverdrup development, but we are very pleased that we have completed and installed the subsea template without serious incidents and according to plan. This is a good start according to the required quality and precision standards for successful implementation of the development.”