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Plan for second phase of Johan Sverdrup approved

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The plan for development and operation (PDO) of the second phase of the Johan Sverdrup field development was formally approved by Norwegian authorities on 15 May.

Plan for second phase of Johan Sverdrup approved

Construction work has now started on the field’s second processing platform at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund.

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

The project received broad support in Norway’s parliament on 29 April, and the partnership received the formal approval by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).

Johan Sverdrup has been the biggest field development on the Norwegian continental shelf since the 1980s. Phase two of the development, with planned start-up in 4Q22, will increase field production from 440 000 bpd to 660 000 bpd.

The second development phase has a capital expenditure of NOK41 billion. In addition to construction of a new processing platform (P2), the development will also include modifications of the riser platform, five subsea systems, and preparations for power supply from shore to the Utsira High in 2022.

The first phase of the Johan Sverdrup development is approaching 90% finished and production is expected to start in November this year.

“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.

The Johan Sverdrup field is powered from shore, placing it among the oil and gas fields with the lowest CO2 emissions in the world. In the second phase the field will also supply shore power to other fields on the Utsira High, including the Edvard Grieg, Gina Krog, and Ivar Aasen fields.

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