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Norway – Johan Sverdrup

The Johan Sverdrup discovery is one of the largest oil discoveries ever made on the Norwegian continental shelf and will prolong the life of the Norwegian oil industry for several decades. The development and operation of this enormous field will generate revenue and provide jobs for the coming generations.

The Johan Sverdrup field extends over an area of approximately 200 km² on the Utsira High in the central part of the North Sea around 160 km west of Stavanger. The field was discovered in 2010 with the discovery on the Avaldsnes prospect in PL501 by Lundin Norway followed by the discovery of Aldous in PL265 by Equinor in 2011. The discovery of Johan Sverdrup was a direct result of the Edvard Grieg discovery made by Lundin Norway in 2007, as the Johan Sverdrup play concept was modelled on the same basis as that for Edvard Grieg.

Following an extensive appraisal programme and concept planning, the Plan of Development and Operation (PDO) was approved in 2015. Construction and installation of Phase 1 of the project, which consists of four bridge linked platforms as well as three subsea installations and export pipelines, has been completed. Hook up and commissioning is in progress alongside the tie-back of eight pre-drilled production wells.

Phase 1 commenced production on 5 October 2019 with a forecast gross production level of up to 440,000 barrels of oil per day. Phase 2 of the development will add a further processing platform and subsurface equipment to the facilities and is expected to commence production in Q4 2022. In 2023, when production is at its maximum level, 660,000 barrels of oil will be recovered per day.

Power supply for the Johan Sverdrup field will be mainly from land-based hydropower, which will reduce total climate gas emissions by between 80 to 90 percent, when compared with a standard development procedure involving gas turbines on the NCS. In addition, energy efficient solutions are being given priority in order to reduce total energy consumption making Johan Sverdrup one of the most carbon efficient fields in the world.

Lundin Petroleum has a 20.00 percent working interest in the Johan Sverdrup field. Equinor is operator with 42.6267 percent and the remaining partners are Total with 8.44 percent, Petoro with 17.36 percent and Aker BP with 11.5733 percent working interest.

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Johan Sverdrup field Phase 1 layout

Johan Sverdrup facts
»Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. Total field resources are estimated to be between 2.2 and 3.2 billion barrels of oil equivalents (PDO 1.7–3.0 Bn boe)
»Project capital costs have been reduced by around 50% since PDO (including foreign exchange gains)
»Full field breakeven price is below 20 USD per barrel
»When peak production is reached in 2023, it will constitute 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production at the time
»Oil from the field will be transported via pipeline to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland. Gas will be transported via pipeline to the Kårstø processing plant in North Rogaland

Offshore Installation Completed
Exciting footage of the completion of the Johan Sverdrup field centre installation.

The Story So Far
Watch the remarkable story of Johan Sverdrup. One of the largest discoveries ever made on the NCS is now one of the biggest industrial projects in Europe, creating value for society for the next 50 years to come.

The Process Platform Topside
The process topside for Johan Sverdrup has arrived at the Kværner yard in Stord.

Building Johan Sverdrup
Johan Sverdrup – creating value for generations. One of the most important industrial projects in Norway over the next 50 years.

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