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First oil from Johan Sverdrup field reaches Mongstad plant in Norway

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First oil from the Equinor-operated Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea has reached the Mongstad plant, located north of Bergen in Norway.

Commenting during a celebratory event at the plant, Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice-president for marketing, midstream and processing at Equinor, said: “This is a great day for Equinor and the Johan Sverdrup partnership, consisting of Lundin Norway, Petoro, Aker BP and Total. First oil to Mongstad only a few days after production start confirms that the field is producing well. This day also marks the start of a new phase as we prepare to bring Johan Sverdrup oil to the international market.”

Oil is transported via pipeline from the Johan Sverdrup field over a distance of 283km to the Mongstad complex, where the oil is stored in caverns and prepared for shipping to global markets.

The first cargo was due to leave for customers in Asia shortly after arriving at the plant, with a capacity of one million barrels worth around $60 million, or NOK 500 million (€54 million) at the current oil price. Future cargos are expected to contain between 600,000 and two million barrels of oil.

“Oil from Johan Sverdrup is expected to provide revenue of more than NOK 1,400 billion for the next 50 years, of which more than NOK 900 billion will go to the Norwegian state and society,” Rummelhoff continued. “Mongstad will play an important role in realising this value. At the same time, Johan Sverdrup triggers high activity at the plant and new opportunities for the future.”

The Mongstad facility is expected to receive up to 440,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil from the Johan Sverdrup field, when the first development phase reaches peak production. Following completion of the second phases, which is slated for 2022, the plant will receive up to 660,000 bpd of oil.

At full capacity, Mongstad will receive over 30% of the total oil from the entire Norwegian continental shelf.

“This is a big day for everyone who has worked for a long time on preparing Mongstad for oil from Johan Sverdrup,” concluded Rasmus Wille, vice-president at the Mongstad complex. “It has been a major effort involving plant modifications and completion of pipes. The work has been carried out properly and efficiently. As head of Mongstad I am proud of the great effort leading up to this day.”