Nexans Norway to deliver to the Johan Castberg field

As part of the digitization process of the Johan Castberg field, Nexans will provide more than 200 kilometers of fiber optic subsea cables to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), the prime contractor awarded by Equinor for delivering the Permanent Reservoir Monitoring (PRM) systems to the field.

Fabrikksjef Karl Peter Johansen   Foto: Fotograf HolstThe fiber optic subsea cables are specially designed for PRM, a tool for digitizing and improved oil recovery rate. PRM implies that seismic sensors are installed permanently on the seabed, providing better images of reservoir changes at a more frequent rate. The PRM technology is largely developed in Norway by ASN.

The contract award is part of a framework agreement ASN has with Equinor.  For Nexans, this is a continuation of our contract with ASN awarded earlier this year for the delivery of a corresponding PRM system to Johan Sverdrup.

To ensure continuity and transfer of knowledge, the Nexans team involved in Johan Sverdrup will join the project team for Johan Castberg. The fiber optic elements will be manufactured at Nexans Norway facility in Rognan in Northern Norway.

- The award for the Johan Castberg project enables us to build on the capacity put in place earlier this year to serve the Johan Sverdrup PRM system. The Johan Castberg delivery scope will involve about 30 people at our factory in Rognan for a period of 4-6 months. We will also draw on our network of about 50 approved local and regional suppliers of products and services to the factory. Following, the Johan Castberg PRM project will provide positive ripple effects to several companies in the Salten Region in Nordland, says Plant Manager at Nexans Rognan, Karl Peter Johansen.

The Johan Castberg supply delivery from Nexans will be completed first quarter of 2021.

The Johan Castberg is a large subsea field situated approximately 100 kilometers north of the Snøhvit-field in the Barents Sea. Expected to come on stream in 2022, the Equinor-operated field has a production horizon of 30 years. 

Fabrikksjef Karl Peter Johansen   Foto: Tom Melby