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First platform in giant Norwegian field takes shape

The largest of four platforms in the Johan Sverdrup field is slowly taking shape in South Korea. Norway's most important oil field is critical for oil companies, including Maersk Oil.

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The largest of the four platforms in the enormous Johan Sverdrup field came one step closer last week when the construction of the upper structure - also known as the topside - began at shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea.

The Riser platform - which is a kind of traffic hub for the field's oil and gas stream - will become the largest of the four platforms, which in and of itself is quite an achievement. For example, the 560-strong accommodation platform will be the largest of its kind in the North Sea, while the entire Johan Sverdrup project will be the largest industrial project ever undertaken by Norway.

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