Saipem finishes laying Norway’s largest oil pipeline

Pipelaying vessel Saipem Castorone has reached the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, completing Norway’s largest and longest oil pipeline.

The 36 inch (915 mm) diameter pipeline extends 283 km from the Mongstad oil terminal outside Bergen to the field in the North Sea.

The vessel began pipelaying in late April; having completed the oil pipeline, Saipem Castorone is now being prepared to lay a 156 km gas pipeline from the Johan Sverdrup field to the Statpipe Pipeline.

“We have, together with our supplier Saipem, succeeded in laying the oil pipeline to Johan Sverdrup without any serious incidents,” said Project Manager Johan Sverdrup – Equinor Geir Bjaanes.

“It has been a significant operation, involving more than 600 people at the most, who have welded together over 23,000 pipes to create what has now become Norway’s largest and longest oil pipeline.

“The oil pipeline plays a really central role in the project.

“When the Johan Sverdrup field produces at peak, 660,000 barrels of oil – valued at more than US$43 million each day – will flow daily into Mongstad.”

For more information visit the Equinor website.

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