Statoil has awarded approximately US$288 million worth of contracts for its Johan Sverdrup offshore oil and gas field.
The latest awards for the North Sea field cover all subsea pipeline work, including fabrication, coating, and installation.
The pipeline totals 267 miles (430 km), and connects both the fields subsea infrastructure, and the main John Sverdrup platform to the Norwegian shore based refining facilities.
Oil produce will be expiated from the field to the Mongstad oil terminal via a 36 inch 170 mile (274 km) pipeline, whilst gas produce will be exported via an 18 inch 97 mile (156 km) and tied into the Statpipe system.
Statoil has awarded the fabrication contract to Japan based Mitsui. The company have said that around 220,000 tonnes of steel will be used in the fabrication, with work starting early 2016.
The contract for all pipeline coatings was awarded to Malaysian based Wasco. Their contract covers both external anti corrosion coatings and a concrete coating on oil and gas pipelines. The concrete coating is used as a weighting method.
Wasco will also be applying an internal coating to the gas pipelines. All coating work will be conducted at the company’s Malaysia base and is scheduled to take place in 2017.
Saipem has been awarded the contract for the pipeline installation, and will utilise their giant Castorone pipelay vessel for the operation.
The Castorone was recently used to complete the record breaking Ichthys subsea pipeline offshore Australia, for INPEX. The 42 inch subsea line covered a distance of 553 miles (890 km).
The Ichthys pipeline now holds the record for the longest subsea pipeline in the Southern Hemisphere and the third longest in the world.
Commenting on the contract awards, Statoil VP Johan Sverdrup project, Kjetel Digre, said: “We have selected a solid team of principal suppliers for the Johan Sverdrup export pipelines, and are thus well positioned to deliver first oil from Johan Sverdrup from late 2019.”