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Equinor: cost of Johan Castberg project raised

( - On Tuesday, Equinor announced an upward revision of the cost of its Johan Castberg oilfield project in the Barents Sea, citing work that is "more complex" than initially anticipated.

The project now has an estimated cost of around 80bn NOK (around E7 bn), compared with an initial estimate of 57bn NOK in 2017.

Hygiene measures and staff shortages linked to the Covid-19 pandemic have also impacted project costs, Equinor adds, whether in Singapore, where the equipment was manufactured, or at the current assembly site, where some 2,000 people are working in Stord on completing the floating FPSO unit.

Discovered in 2011, Johan Castberg has a potential of 190,000 barrels per day, with proven reserves of between 450 to 650 million barrels.

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