Njord to Stord

Statoil has booked yard-stay at Kvaerner’s Stord facility for the Njord A floating production platform. The platform is expected to be quayside at Stord in August.


Statoil and Kvaerner signed a frame agreement 1 April 2016 regarding a possible full upgrade of Njord A, and the yard-stay is one early call-off from this contract. Statoil will now prepare to shut down production of Njord and the disconnection of mooring and riser systems. 

Kvaerner’s scope for the yard stay will include receiving and mooring the semisubmersible platform, cleaning of the hull, rigging access, installing supply of electricity, water etc. Kvaerner will potentially also second some personnel for various work on the platform.

The scope for front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the potential modification and upgrade was another option already from the signing of the frame agreement. This work has since April been going on with Kvaerner’s engineering partner Aker Solutions in Bergen.

It will later be up to Statoil and its licence partners to decide if they also will use the options to have Kvaerner execute an EPC scope for upgrade of the platform and hook-up offshore at the Njord field.

Kvaerner’s project manager for the Njord Future project is Jarle Henriksrud. He comes from a similar position at the Edvard Grieg project. Engineering manager is Audun Magnussen fra Aker Solutions, with Kvaerner’s Johan Kovacevic as his deputy. Edward Mørk will head procurement, Carl van der Hagen will be in charge of construction while Bjørn Dalen will manage commissioning. Other key positions include Anita Hatløy (Planning, Aker Solutions), Pål Arne Haugland (Business Manager), Turid Ødeby (Scope, Risk, Change) and Maurice Dumay (IM).

Njord A was originally delivered in 1997 by the organisation which is today Kvaerner. The topside was fabricated at Stord while the hull was fabricated at Verdal. Njord A was the first so-called Norsok project (a joint industry program in the 1990s to improve costs due to low oil prices) at the Norwegian continental shelf. The platform was towed offshore only 28 months after cutting of the first steel plates.