Statoil begins construction works on Norway’s biggest oil line

03/05/2018 12:58 Oil Market

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Statoil made known on Monday that Italy’s Saipem has commenced operations to install Norway’s biggest crude oil pipeline, part of the Johan Sverdrup offshore expansion.

The 36-inch pipeline will traverse more than 280 kilometers out to the Johan Sverdrup field, in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Around 660,000 barrels of crude will be delivered every day into the Mongstad terminal, north of Bergen, when the field is at peak production.


Geir Bjaanes, responsible for subsea, power and pipelines for the Johan Sverdrup project, declared: “The Castorone is now initiating pipelaying operations in the Fensfjord. The vessel will lay as much as 36,000 pieces of pipe – in total more than 400 km – when installing the oil and gas export pipelines for the Johan Sverdrup project. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the oil pipeline will reach the Johan Sverdrup field in July.”


Overall, approximately 230,000 tonnes of steel will be utilized, or around 360,000 tonnes if counting the weight of pipeline coating.


Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oilfields in the Norwegian Continental Shelf, with estimated recoverable resources of between 2.1-3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent (bboe).


The field will be developed in several stages. Phase 1 is scheduled to start in late 2019, with production of 440,000 bpd.

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