Johan Sverdrup oil field

From Global Energy Monitor

Johan Sverdrup oil field (Sverdrup Field) is an oil field in the Norway. Equinor Energy is the field's operator.[1] It is the third largest oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.[2]


The map below shows the location of the oil field on the Utsira High in the central part of the North Sea, off the coast of Norway.[3]

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Johan Sverdrup was discovered in 2010 by Lundin Petroleum.[4] The field lies in two different production licenses and consists of two different discoveries Avaldsnes and Aldous Major South. When it was revealed that these discoveries constituted one single field, it was renamed Johan Sverdrup.

The plan for development and operation (PDO) for the first stage of development was approved in 2010. The gross capital investment for Phase 1 was NOK 97 billion (11.2 billion USD).[4] It consisted of four-platform field hub; living quarters, process, drilling, and riser facilities. The drilling platform has 48 well slots.[4] Stabilised oil is exported from the field via an oil export pipeline to storage caverns at the Mongstad terminal. [1]

The gross capital investment for the full field is NOK 137–152 billion (15.8–17.6 billion USD).[4]

Johan Sverdrup officially started production on October 5, 2019.[5]

The field is expected to produce oil through 2059.[6]

Phase II

A PDO for Phase II was approved in May of 2019, it comprises of a process platform and five subsea templates. Development of Phase II is expected to be completed by 2022.[3]

Project Details

  • Operator: Equinor Energy AS[7][1]
  • Owner(s): Equinor Energy AS [42.63%]; Lundin Energy Norway AS [20.00%]; Petoro AS [17.36%]; Aker BP ASA [11.57%]; Total E&P Norge AS [8.44%][8]
  • Location: blocks 16/2, 16/3, 16/5 and 16/6, 155 kilometres west of Karmøy and 40 kilometres south of the Grane field,[6] North Sea, off the coast of Norway[3]
  • Coordinates: 58.8013, 2.603[7]
  • Status:
    • Phase I: operating[7][3]
    • Phase II: in development (expected production in 2022)[3]
  • Reserves: Total recoverable reserves originally: 425.4 mill. Sm3 o.e.[1]
    • Oil recoverable reserves originally: 406.6 mill. Sm3 o.e.
    • Gas recoverable reserves originally: 10.2 mill. Sm3 o.e.
    • NGL recoverable reserves originally: 8.6 mill. Sm3 o.e.


Une Bastholm, of the Green Party (MDG), called Johan Sverdrup oil field a betrayal of future generations because of economic risk and the extended use of fossil fuels.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (February 2, 2021). "JOHAN SVERDRUP - Factpages". FACTPAGES. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  2. "Aker Solutions to Hook Up Fifth Johan Sverdrup Platform". Offshore Engineer Magazine. 2020-12-16. Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Ministry of Petroleum and Energy; Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (February 2, 2021). "JOHAN SVERDRUP". NORWEGIAN PETROLEUM. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Lundin Petroleum (June 2017). "Johan Sverdrup Development" (PDF). Lundin Petroleum. Retrieved February 2, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Rossholt, Helene Halvorsen (2020-01-07). "Offisiell åpning av Johan Sverdrup". NRK (in norsk). Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Green light for giant field". Retrieved 2021-02-02.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Map Services - Field outlines". Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Archived from the original on March 17, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  8. "Factpages: Table – Licensees". Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Archived from the original on March 17, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.

External resources

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