The installation of the oil pipeline to Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup field has commenced. According to a press release from the company, work commenced late last week on Saipem’s pipe laying vessel, Castorone.
The 283-km, 36-inch pipeline is being pulled through a pre-drilled hole at the bottom of the Fensfjorden. Once finished, it will be the longest oil pipeline on the Norwegian continental shelf, capable of delivering up to 660,000 bpd to Statoil’s Mongstad terminal.
Statoil is developing the Johan Sverdrup field in two phases. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in late 2019 with production capacity estimated at 440,000 bpd. Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2022, expanding the field’s production capacity to 660,000 bpd.