HAMMERFEST SUPPLY BASE TO SUPPORT JOHAN CASTBERG
Statoil has, on behalf of the licence partners, decided that the Johan Castberg operation will be supported by a supply and helicopter base in Hammerfest and an operations organisation in Harstad. Recruitment of offshore personnel from Finnmark county is also prioritised.
Expected to come on stream in 2022, the field will be operating for 30 years. Statoil will invest around NOK 1.15 billion per year in operation of the field, amounting to around 1700 man-years nationally, of which around 500 will be performed in North Norway. These are both the direct and indirect spinoffs (Agenda Kaupang).
Johan Castberg is one of the largest projects in Statoil’s portfolio yet to be developed. It will be an important contribution in further developing the northern petroleum activity.
The Hammerfest supply base will have an employment effect of around 30-45 man-years, and the helicopter base around 12-15 man-years. Hammerfest has already established bases and has long experience from such services, providing the most qualified and cost-effective solution.
Supporting the offshore organisation and further developing the field during production, the Harstad operations organisation is expected to have an employment effect of 40-45 man-years. Statoil has developed a strong specialist environment in the city based on 40 years of experience from operation in the north. Johan Castberg will benefit particularly from co-locating with the Norne and Aasta Hansteen organisations, which have some similar elements in their development concepts. (Source: Statoil – Image: Wikiwand/View of Melkoya Island from Hammerfest)