First Cut for Aibel in Thailand and Haugesund

Aibel started constructing the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform in Thailand and Haugesund last winter. Ceremonies were held to mark the 'first cuts' at both sites.

“It is a tradition in our industry to mark the start of production. This is particularly important in Thailand, where marking the first cut is both a religious and spiritual occasion. It would be bad luck not to have the materials that will be used to make the platform blessed”, explains Stig Jessen, Project Director at Aibel.

Blessed by monks
The ceremony to mark the first cut at Aibel’s sub-contractor Deeline in Thailand was conducted by a group of Buddhist monks in December 2015. The monks started with some traditional Buddhist chanting, and then were served food by representatives from Statoil, Aibel and Deeline. The monks also blessed the first steel sections due to be cut as well as the representatives from the various companies.

The largest of the platform’s three modules, the main support frame, is being built at the Deeline shipyard. When complete the module will weigh around 10,500 tonnes, and will be transported to Norway to be assembled and connected to the two other modules in the autumn of 2017.

In Haugesund, the first cut was marked in mid-February, when the machine that will cut the steel for the drilling platform was first turned on. The Mayor of Haugesund, Arne-Christian Mohn, had the honour of turning on the machine that will be used to cut the steel for the drilling platform.

“Aibel is a cornerstone of this town and as such carries great responsibility. This includes looking after jobs and creating new ones. It has performed these duties in an exemplary way”, commented the Mayor in his speech.

Work on the final module starts at the Nymos shipyard in Grimstad in mid-March. The whole drilling platform will be assembled in Haugesund in autumn 2017 and will weigh an estimated 22,500 tonnes. The plan is for the platform to be installed in the field in 2018.

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Facts/Johan Sverdrup

* Johan Sverdrup is one of the five largest-ever oil discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf.
* The plan is for the field to enter operation from 2019.
* Aibel was awarded the contract to construct the drilling platform for the Johan Sverdrup field in April 2014.
* The drilling platform is Aibel’s largest contract, and is worth an estimated NOK 8 billion.
* The work is being managed from the company’s Oslo office and will involve over 3,000 employees at its peak.

A longer version of this article is available in Norwegian in the Ferd Magazine by clicking here.




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