Norwegian state-owned Equinor’s Johan Castberg floating production, storage and offloading vessel faces further delays due to Singapore’s reintroduction of Covid-19 measures.

The FPSO's schedule has already been hit hard with issues including the quality of the welding on the hull and contractor Sembcorp Marine's reduced access to skilled manpower due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Equinor confirmed the project's on stream date would be delayed by at least a year to the fourth quarter of 2023.

In April, Upstream reported the 560-million-barrels Johan Castberg oilfield development offshore Norway would likely be further delayed as sailaway from Singapore was then expected in late 2021 — three months later than the most recent estimate and a 15-month delay from the original plan.