• Øivind Reinertsen, SVP Johan Sverdrup Development, tells the story of the giant field

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  • Kjetel Digre, Project Director Johan Sverdrup Facilities, on how to solve the task.

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  • Abdelkarim Abbou, commercial leader Johan Sverdrup on how important the field is to Norway.

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Johan Sverdrup is one of the five biggest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf. With expected resources of between 1.7 – 3.0 billion barrels of oil equivalent, it will also be one of the most important industrial projects in Norway over the next 50 years. The development and operation of this enormous field will provide revenues and jobs for coming generations.

One of the biggest oil discoveries on the NCS ever.

Peak production on Johan Sverdrup will be equivalent to 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production.

First-phase development work can provide some 51,000 man-years of work in Norway; 2,700 man-years in the production phase.

Offshore emissions of climate gases will be reduced by 80%-90% compared with a standard development procedure involving gas turbines on the NCS.

Production start-up is scheduled for end 2019. The field will be developed in phases. The first phase involves the establishment of a field centre consisting of four platforms.

  • Located on the Utsira Height in the North Sea, 155 kilometres west of Stavanger
  • Oil from the field will be piped to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland. The gas will be transported via Statpipe to the Kårstø processing plant in North Rogaland
  • First-phase investments estimated at NOK 117 billion (2015 value)
  • Total production revenues of NOK 1,350 billion over 50 years
  • Corporation tax payable to the Norwegian state calculated at NOK 670 billion
  • Daily production during first phase estimated at 315,000 – 380,000 barrels per day
  • Peak production estimated to reach 550,000 – 650,000 barrels daily
  • Water depth is 110 - 120 metres; the reservoir is located at a depth of 1900 metres
  • The field will be operated by electrical power generated onshore

Adding value

A new adventure on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

When we first discovered oil in the North Sea, there were few people in Norway who could foresee the growth and affluence this venture would bring to the country.

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Our job

Statoil is the operator for all phases of the Johan Sverdrup development.

In many ways, Johan Sverdrup represents the sum total of 40 years' development and activities on the Norwegian continental shelf.

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When the complete history of the oil industry on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) is written at some future date, the years 2010-2011 will stand out as a milestone.

For it was then that the giant Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea was discovered.

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Oil in the energy mix of the future

The world will be dependent on oil and gas, even in a two-degree scenario, for many years to come. Oil is necessary for transport, in food production and for the production of plastic and other products that we use every single day. The world’s production of oil and gas is falling. Even given a low-carbon development, the world will in 2035 still require new oil fields that can supply 20 times as Norway’s current total production. Johan Sverdrup will be one of the most important oil fields providing sufficient energy for a growing global economy, also within the scope of the two-degree target.

Creating impressive value through job opportunities and revenues to the owners and to society at large.

Low discharges due to reinjection and the best possible purification techniques. Produced water will be re-injected into the reservoir, thereby cutting discharges by an estimated 98%.

No negative impact on biological diversity has been discerned.

The Johan Sverdrup
field partners:

Statoil 40.0267%
Lundin Norway 22.6%
Petoro 17.36%
Det norske oljeselskap 11.5733%
Maersk Oil 8.44%