NORWEIGAN giant Statoil has commenced construction on the Johan Sverdrup utility and living quarters platform located in the Johan Sverdrup field.

Statoil project director for Johan Sverdrup, Kjetel Digre said the company kicked off construction of the utility and living quarters platform, which is the second of four platforms currently under construction in the first project phase.

A joint venture between Kværner and KBR was awarded the contract for engineering and construction of the topside for the utility and living quarters platform in June 2015.

Statoil expects the platform will be completed in the first quarter of 2019, before it is installed on the Johan Sverdrup field by Allseas’ heavy-lift vessel, the Pioneering Spirit.

The utility and living quarters platform will accommodate the crew working on the Johan Sverdrup field during the field life of 50 years.

Statoil said the platform will have the largest living quarters on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) with a capacity of 560 people and will also accommodate the field’s control and emergency centre, and some utility systems covering the whole field centre.

Kværner Stord will fabricate parts of the topside steel frame, and will also assemble all parts for the utility and living quarters platform before the platform is installed on the field in 2019.

At peak around 2000 Kværner employees will be involved in Johan Sverdrup deliveries.

Kværner’s sub-supplier Apply Leirvik on Stord will construct the accommodation module for the living quarters platform.

The other modules for the utility and living quarters platform will be constructed at the Energomontaz Polnoc Gdynia (EPG), Mostostal Pomorze Gdansk (MPG), Mostostal Chojnice and Crist offshore in Poland, as well as in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Detailed engineering is performed at KBR’s office in London, and at Apply Leirvik on Stord.

Statoil said fabrication work at two of the yards in Poland and at Apply Leirvik’s yard also kicked off at the end of March.

“The Johan Sverdrup project is growing every day. It is a complex puzzle with activities spread all over the world. We are 14,000 people working on the project every day in 2016, and together we will perform 100 million working hours.”

“We depend on everyone delivering as required, and all pieces of the puzzle falling into place at the right time and with the right quality. Our top priority is a safe working environment. We do not want any injuries among personnel working for the Johan Sverdrup project,” Mr Digre said.