The FINANCIAL -- Norwegian minister of petroleum and energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, will today start cutting the first sheet for the topside of the Johan Castberg vessel at Kværner's yard at Stord. The construction will create major ripple effects throughout Norway.
In total, more than 2 million working hours will be included in the construction of the topside, and it is expected to generate jobs for 4,800 people.
There will be extensive activity at the yards in Verdal, Egersund and Sandnessjøen in addition to Stord over the next few years constructing the many parts that will form the complex topside. It will beinstalled on the 200-metre long FPSO vessel that will be producing on the Johan-Castberg field for 30 years from the planned production start in 2022.
Already the construction of the other two big puzzle pieces of the FPSO is well under way. The hull is under construction in Singapore, and the turret is being built in Dubai. These will eventually arrive at Stord in 2020 for assembly and completion before the vessel is moved to its permanent home in the Barents Sea.
The Johan Castberg partnership includes Equinor 50%, Eni 30%, and Petoro 20%.