SembMarine: Planning Johan Castberg project work to accommodate towing to Norway

Sembcorp Marine said Sunday its part of work on the Johan Castberg project was largely completed, but the customer, Equinor, has requested the remaining work be planned to accommodate the available transportation window for the towing operations to Norway.

“Such adjustments are provided for in the terms of the contract and the company and Equinor are presently finalising these arrangements,” SembMarine said.

The company said its statement, filed to SGX, was a clarification of media reports on the Johan Castberg project.

Industry media site Upstream published an article Thursday headlined, “Johan Castberg floater moved to Norway as delays mount.” The article said Equinor was taking the incomplete Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) hull to a Norwegian yard for extensive further work.

SembMarine said its scope of work was to build the hull and living quarters and to install a turret supplied by Equinor.

“The construction of the topside modules, module integration and final completion are not part of the company’s scope of work and have always been intended by Equinor to be performed in Norway,” SembMarine said.

The company said its work on the project was already at an advanced stage when the Covid-19 pandemic caused work restrictions and delays.

“During the construction of the hull, there were variations and additions to the scope of work and these also required additional time to complete. The remaining scope of work left is small relative to the base scope and variations that have been completed,” SembMarine said, adding the hull and living quarters are “largely completed.”