Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine has completed its work on the newbuild production vessel the Equinor-operated Johan Castberg project in the Barents Sea and the vessel has now departed Singapore on route for Norway, media Offshore Magazine writes.
Speaking on the matter, Wang Zijian, Sembcorp Marine’s head of Operations, said: “In the last two years, both Team Equinor and Team Sembmarine worked under extreme challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet both teams remained determined to keep the project going.”
Sembcorp Marine’s work includes the construction of the 140-person living quarters and hull of the production ship, which will supply oil from the Johan Castberg project. The hull was designed to comply with Norsok specifications and DNV Class Rules, taking into account winterization and other ocean data requirements at the far northern offshore location.
The Johan Castberg project was originally supposed to start production this year, but the start-up is now expected at the end of 2024.