Topside modules for the Johan Castberg project to be fabricated at EPG

On May 30, 2018, Energomontaż-Północ Gdynia SA (EPG) signed a contract with the Kværner AS group for the construction of modules for the FPSO unit.   The modules that form part of the topsides will be designed and built for the ship-shape Floating Production, Storage and Offloading system for the Johan Castberg oilfield development. The contract fits into 15-year history of cooperation between EPG and Kværner.
According to Polish maritime news service, Tomasz Olszewski, deputy commercial director at Energomontaż-Północ Gdynia SA – the contract with the Kværner AS group covers the fabrication of three modules by EPG, including two fully outfitted ones. Their total weight will be approx. 1,900 tons.

EPG will be the only manufacturer based outside Norway, to supply fully outfitted modules to be directly installed on the FPSO unit. The completion of the contract is scheduled for the first half of 2020.

Statoil (now Equinor) commissioned Kværner to build topsides (process and auxiliary modules for installation onboard FPSO) for the Johan Castberg project under contract worth 3.8 billion Norwegian kroner, signed in February 2018.

Extension of wharf Kvaerner yard Stord to facilitate FPSO topsides installation
Extension of wharf Kvaerner yard Stord to facilitate FPSO topsides installation

The contract concluded between Statoil (Equinor) and Kværner covers a total of 10 topside modules, a flare mast and main pipeline bridge. The assembly of modules on the FPSO deck will probably take place in Stord, where the extension of the wharf adjacent to graving dock is planned along with extension of rails for the recently built large gantry crane (with “legs” made in Vistal, Gdynia).

Works on module fabrication are to last at least until 2021, after which a complicated process of assembling and integrating the topsides modules on board the FPSO unit and connecting the installation with a rotating turret tower will take place.

Partially outfitted FPSO hull for Johan Castberg project will be delivered from the Singapore based shipyard Sembcorp Marine under a contract worth 490 million USD signed with Statoil, which was announced at the beginning of December last year. The Singapore shipyard will build a hull and crew accommodation (140 people) of the FPSO unit.
Johan Castberg FPSO will be approx. 55 m wide and 295 m long. The unit will be adapted for use in severe Arctic climate conditions. It is to be ready in the first quarter of 2020.

PBS, rel (EPG, Kvaerner)

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