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Audit of Johan Sverdrup

We have carried out an audit of the detail engineering and fabrication of the drilling facility for Johan Sverdrup.


Johan Sverdrup is an oil and gas field under development at Utsira High in the North Sea, around 160 kilometres west of Stavanger. Statoil is the field's operator. The field will be developed using four fixed facilities with bridge connections. Water depth at the site is 110-120 metres. Production is scheduled to start in late 2019.

On 22 and 23 February 2017, we carried out an audit of the detail engineering and fabrication of the drilling facility. The audit was conducted at Aibel's yard in Haugesund, where the Drilling Support Module (DSM) is being constructed. The audit is part of a series of audits focused on Statoil's management and follow-up and Aibel's design engineering of the DSM and Main Support Frame (MSF) for the Johan Sverdrup drilling facility.

No regulatory non-conformities were identified during the audit.

However, improvement points were identified concerning quality-auditing of the supplier of welding personnel and concerning the basis for qualifying welding procedures.

We have asked Statoil to report on how these improvement points will be assessed by 28 April 2017.

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77