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The completion of a floating giant

XERVON Norway is in charge of delivering the scaffolding needed to install technical equipment on the Johan Castberg FPSO

There are several ships that really highlight the art of engineering. One example is the Johan Castberg, a production vessel that is to be deployed to produce oil in the Barents Sea. A so-called FPSO vessel, this floating giant will be used to produce, store and clean oil as well as to offload it onto tankers. And it needs a whole range of equipment to be able to do this work – equipment that is currently being installed at a shipyard on the west coast of Norway. The shipyard’s focus is on fixing the topside installations, i.e. fitting out the ship’s deck with its tower and process modules. XERVON Norway is responsible for providing all the complex scaffold structures needed for this work – a project that will last a good number of months.

FPSO stands for ‘floating production, storage and offloading unit’.

Around 80 XERVON scaffolders are currently working on this 313-metre-long and 55-metre-wide giant ship.

A project lasting several years

XERVON Norway delivers a wide range of industrial and specialist scaffolding solutions to both the energy industry and shipyards. The Johan Castberg project unites both. Around 80 XERVON scaffolders are currently working on this giant ship, which is 313 metres long and 55 metres wide. Their assignment is to erect all the scaffolding required so that the various technical modules can be manoeuvred into place, installed and tested. Their client is a company that specialises in delivering solutions, products and services to the energy industry and that assembles large platform topsides and modules at its shipyard in Stord. Safety and top quality work are at the top of both their client’s and XERVON Norway’s list of priorities. Which explains why this is not the first time that these two companies have worked together on such a large operation. They have collaborated on several major assignments in the past, including a similar project that saw the scaffold specialists providing their client with the scaffolding needed to install equipment on the Skarv FPSO.

Built in Singapore and transported on a special transport vessel, the hull of the Johan Castberg FPSO reached Norway in April. Due to leave the shipyard in Stord at the beginning of 2024, the completed vessel will then be towed to the Johan Castberg field. This extensive oilfield is located approximately 240 kilometres north west of Hammerfest and has recoverable resources of 450 to 650 million barrels of oil equivalent. Once it has been fixed in place and connected to the subsea installations, the Johan Castberg FPSO is expected to start producing oil during the fourth quarter of 2024.

Watch a video of the Johan Castberg FPSO arriving in Norway on YouTube

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