Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup Field Comes on Stream

The Johan Sverdup field in the North Sea. Photo: Lizette Bertelsen & Jonny Engelsvoll / Equinor

At 11:15 on December 15, production started from Johan Sverdrup Phase 2.

When the Johan Sverdrup field reaches plateau production, every third Norwegian oil barrel will come from this giant field, which for decades will be essential to ensuring high and stable energy deliveries from Norway.

“The entire Johan Sverdrup field is now on stream. This is a red-letter day for us and our partners, Aker BP, Petoro and TotalEnergies, but also for Norway and Europe. Johan Sverdrup accounts for large and important energy deliveries, and in the current market situation, most of the volumes will go to Europe,” says Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s executive vice president for Projects, Drilling & Procurement.

2 Geir TungesvikGeir Tungesvik, Equinor’s executive vice president for Projects, Drilling & Procurement

At plateau, the Johan Sverdrup field will produce 720,000 barrels of oil daily, aiming to rise to 755,000 barrels per day. Johan Sverdrup alone can thus meet 6-7 percent of the daily oil demand in Europe. Recoverable volumes in the Johan Sverdrup field total 2.7 billion barrels of oil equivalent.

The Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 project consists of a new platform, five new subsea systems, 28 new wells, a new module for the existing riser platform, and facilities to send power from shore to the Utsira High area. The Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 project was delivered as planned, on time and cost, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It has been challenging, and I would like to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped bring the project safely to the finish line, both partners, our own employees and, not least, the suppliers,” says Tungesvik.

More than 90 percent of deliveries to Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 have a Norwegian billing address, and many of the suppliers were also involved in the first part of the development of the highly profitable project. The full-field development of Johan Sverdrup has a break-even price of less than USD 15 per barrel.

The Johan Sverdrup field receives power from shore through cables from Haugsneset north of Stavanger. The first cable currently supplies the first four platforms on the Johan Sverdrup field with electricity. The new cable supplies the fifth platform and the rest of the Utsire High installations.

“In combination, this reduces CO2emissions by a total of 1.2 million tonnes per year, equivalent to 2,5 percent of Norway’s annual emissions.

Electrification is an important measure to further developing the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) towards the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050,” says Marianne M. Bjelland, vice president, exploration and production, the Johan Sverdrup and Martin Linge areas.

3 Marianne M. BjellandMarianne M. Bjelland, vice president, exploration and production, the Johan Sverdrup and Martin Linge areas

Johan Sverdrup has been in stable production for more than three years. The field is estimated to generate more than 3,400 person-years of work each year, and production from the field has already contributed substantially to the Norwegian welfare state.82 percent of the revenues from the Johan Sverdrup field goes to the state through taxes and direct ownership interest, estimated at a total of about NOK 900 billion over the field life.

“I am proud that we have now put the entire Johan Sverdrup field on stream in a safe and secure manner. We will deliver stable energy volumes for several decades, while contributing to Norwegian value creation for a long time to come,” says Bjelland.

Facts about Johan Sverdrup

  • Partners: Equinor Energy AS, 42.6267% (operator), Aker BP 31.5733%, Petoro AS 17.36% and TotalEnergies EP Norge AS 8.44%.
  • Recovery rate: Ambition of 70 percent. The average for the NCS is 47 percent.
  • CO2 emissions per barrel: 0.67 kg per barrel over the field’s productive life
  • Johan Sverdrup is located at Utsira High in the central part of the North Sea, 65 k kilometers northeast of the Sleipner fields.
  • Johan Sverdrup is the third largest oil field on the NCS.
  • Johan Sverdrup Phase 1 came on stream on 5 October 2019.
  • Investments in Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 total NOK 48 billion (2022).
  • The oil from Johan Sverdrup is transported by pipeline to Mongstad, whereas the gas is piped to Kårstø, and from there to the continent.

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