Sleipnir during the Nova module lift; Source: Neptune Energy

World’s largest crane vessel lifts Wintershall Dea’s Nova topside module

The world’s largest crane vessel, Sleipnir, has lifted Wintershall Dea’s Nova field topside module from the Rosenberg WorleyParsons yard in Stavanger, Norway.

Sleipnir during the Nova module lift; Source: Neptune Energy

Neptune Energy, the partner in the Nova field, said via its social media channels on Friday that Sleipnir was sailing towards Neptune’s Gjøa platform in the North Sea where it would be installed.

The Nova field, operated by Wintershall Dea, is developed as a subsea tie-back connecting two templates to our Gjøa platform.

Wintershall Dea holds a 45 per cent share in the Nova project. Other project partners are Capricorn, Spirit Energy with 20 per cent each, and Edison Norge with the remaining 15 per cent.

The Nova field is located in the Norwegian North Sea, 120 kilometres northwest of Bergen. The expected recoverable reserves from the field are around 80 boe, of which the majority will be oil. The Nova field is expected to come on stream in 2021.

When it comes to the project’s previous milestones, Wintershall Dea in May 2019 installed two subsea templates on the ocean floor in Norway, marking a major milestone for the Nova project.

In August 2019, Wintershall Dea completed the installation of the subsea pipelines and umbilicals for the Nova project.

The German oil company began a new Nova subsea campaign earlier this week with the installation of two manifolds in the templates on the seabed.

To remind, Neptune awarded a contract to Rosenberg WorleyParsons for construction and installation of the Nova topside module on the Gjøa platform back in May 2018. First steel for the project was cut back in November 2018.