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Butting pipes for the Johan Sverdrup oil-field in Norway

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World Pipelines,

Butting was granted the order to produce and deliver longitudinally welded, corrosion-resistant pipes for Norway’s developing oilfield in the North Sea.

At the moment, the situation on the oil market is the worst it has been in a long time. At around US$30/bbl, the oil price is at its lowest level for more than 13 years. Due to this strained situation on the oil market, times are tough for all the countries involved in this industry. Norway too, a country where the oil and gas industry contributes around 20% to the annual GDP, is currently struggling with the low oil prices. Despite this, Norway decided in 2015 to develop a new oilfield. The field was named after the Norwegian Prime Minister Johan Sverdrup.

The Johan Sverdrup oilfield was discovered in 2010 and is in the Utsira High region of the North Sea, 140 km from the coast at Stavanger. The oil deposit is 120 m below the surface of the water and is 1900 m deep. The first phase in the oilfield development includes erecting four platforms: a processing platform, a riser platform, a drilling platform and a living quarters platform. After the anticipated start of production at the end of 2019, Norway plans to extract oil from this field until 2050. A pipeline is intended to transport around 550 000 bpd of oil to the Mongstad terminal in Horaland. It is estimated that between 1.8 billion and 2.9 billion bbls will be extracted in this way.

Christian Schenk from the CRA pipes department commented: "The order volume up to now already comprises almost 1000 t of Duplex, Superduplex and 6 Moly materials. The dimensions range from 6" to 30", with wall thicknesses between 3 mm and 40 mm. In all our activities we endeavour to achieve top performance and in this major project too we will put in every effort to deliver the materials to the construction yards on schedule."

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