Aibel completes first deck for Johan Sverdrup P2 platform

Norwegian oilfield services company Aibel has completed the first deck for the Equinor-operated Johan Sverdrup P2 process platform, which will be installed offshore Norway. 

Source: Aibel

Aibel’s yard in Thailand is building the Main Support Frame (MSF) module for Johan Sverdrup’s P2 process platform. The first steel for the project was cut in March 2019.

Throughout the autumn, some 2,100 workers have been busy at the company’s yard in Laem Chabang.

In November, the project reached a major milestone when the first section of the module was lifted into place on the grillage. Weighing 987.5 tonnes, this was the heaviest lift ever performed by Aibel Thailand, and also the heaviest onshore lift of a section in Aibel’s history, according to the company.

In an update earlier this week, Aibel said it had reached a new milestone in the project with the completion of the first deck. The deck itself weighs a total of 2,000 tonnes, while the total weight of the entire MSF module when it is ready to depart will be 14,100 tonnes.

Harald Revheim, the construction manager for Johan Sverdrup P2 in Thailand, said: “This is a solid beginning for the delivery of the complete MSF module in February 2021, and a good example of what we are able to achieve here at Aibel Thailand, in close partnership with our customer Equinor.”

The installation of equipment on the deck is also well under way. The HVAC facility has been fitted on the first deck and the installation of pipe spools is also on track.

P2 process platform

The project has a value of NOK 10 billion and will, at its peak, engage around 3,500 employees. P2 includes the construction of a total of three platform modules – the MSF (main structure frame), the UPM (utility process module), and the HVDC (converter module), which will all be connected to each other upon completion.

The MSF module will be transported by sea from Thailand to Norway in February 2021. The two other modules will be built and completed at the yard in Haugesund and Spain, and are scheduled to be transported to the Johan Sverdrup field in January 2022. Production start for phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup project is planned in 2022.

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