Impressed by Aibel’s Competence
Johan Sverdrup project is currently ahead of plan and below budget. Contrary to several articles in Norwegian newspapers about cost issues related to offshore platforms built in Asia, this project with its strong focus on schedule and quality has proven that there is merit in building such modules in Thailand. The drilling platform is one of four platforms which makes up the planned field centre for Johan Sverdrup, with Aibel responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the drilling platform.
Following the assembly operation, the drilling platform has been transported to Haugesund where work on hook-up of the modules and commissioning will continue until installation scheduled for the middle of next year.
Production from the field is to start at the end of 2019. Expected field life is 50 years and the ambition is a world class recovery rate of 70%. Recoverable resources are estimated to be between 2 and 3 billion barrels of oil equivalent.
“We tendered the drilling platform in a global market and Aibel won because they had the best commercial and technical proposal,” says Lars Håvardsholm, Project Director for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform at Statoil. “We had previously commissioned two projects from Aibel Thailand, so the mutual trust had already been established.”
Mr Håvardsholm says that the cooperation between Aibel and Statoil on Johan Sverdrup has been very good.
“We started out with discussing and agreeing on the main goals we wanted to achieve together. This created a platform for an open dialogue to constructively work together and solve the various challenges that always come up in projects with this level of complexity.”
He also says that Aibel is currently in dialogue with Statoil on many future Statoil projects, and although nothing is finalised, some of the projects could potentially be done both in Norway and in Thailand.
“What we at Statoil really like about Aibel is their flexibility in having capacity in both Thailand and Norway. For the Johan Sverdrup project, we have been impressed by Aibel’s competence and capability in delivering according to a tight schedule. I was particularly impressed by the quality of the work performed in Thailand, and think it will be a benefit for both Aibel and the kingdom of Thailand in securing future projects of increasing complexity.”
Nearly 90% complete, work on assembling the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform in Klosterfjorden, near Stord in Norway was almost completed early September this year.