The Johan Sverdrup drilling topside is now sailing from the Aibel yard in Haugesund on its way to the North Sea.
The topside is the first, and biggest, structure to be completed and 85-percent fully tested onshore before being installed offshore in a single lift.
The 147-metre Johan Sverdrup drilling platform has been a highly visible landmark in the Haugesund townscape for the last nine months. Today, 31 May, it’s good-bye. In the afternoon, four tugs will take control of the barge carrying the topside, heading towards Bømlafjorden at Stord.
Here the 22,000-tonne steel structure will be transferred to the Pioneering Spirit, the world’s biggest heavy-lift vessel, before proceeding to the Johan Sverdrup field for installation as the second of four platforms in Phase 1 of the development.
“It’s great to see the drilling platform ready for sail-out. Aibel has delivered a high-quality platform, while performing well on safety. When the delivery is also on budget and on schedule, we are of course very pleased. This marks an important milestone for the Johan Sverdrup partnership, Aibel and the Norwegian supplier industry,” says Trond Bokn, Equinor’s senior vice president for Johan Sverdrup.