Im­pressed by Ai­bel’s Com­pe­tence

Norway-Asia Business Review - - Foreword - HENRI VIIRALT


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.

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