VIDEO: Aibel delivers second module for Dvalin project

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After two and a half years of work, Norwegian oilfield services company Aibel has delivered the M40 module for the Wintershall Dea-operated Dvalin project located in the Norwegian Sea. 

From the load out of the M40 module on July 12. (Image: Øyvind Sætre / Aibel).

The Dvalin gas field is located in the Norwegian Sea some 15 kilometers north-west of the Equinor-operated Heidrun platform and 290 kilometers from the Nyhamna processing plant.

The development plan entails a subsea tieback to the adjacent Heidrun platform. Gas from the field will be transported via Heidrun through the Polarled pipeline to the Nyhamna plant before being sent to the European market via Gassled.

The Dvalin contract was awarded to Aibel in October 2016. The contract includes engineering, procurement, construction and installation of two new modules, H25 and M40, for the Heidrun platform to ensure that the platform can handle production from the Dvalin field.

Aibel informed on Tuesday, July 23 that the M40 module had been completed and delivered.

Management, employees, customers, and suppliers were present during the sail away ceremony that took place on July 18, outside the North Sea Hall at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund.

H25 – the first module for the Heidrun platform was delivered in the spring of 2018, and the handover of the 3,500 tonne M40 module, marks the end of the project’s construction phase. This leaves only the installation phase, which is expected to be completed during September 2020.

“The M40 module is a significant investment for DEA, but the project could not have been in better hands. Aibel’s team in Haugesund has delivered a high quality complex module, on schedule and with an outstanding safety record and safety culture,” says Roy Padgett, Wintershall DEA’s Facilities Project Manager for the Dvalin development.

“I hope the collaboration in this project can become an example of how the supplier and customer can work together to ensure that the industry remains competitive and well equipped for the future,” President and CEO of Aibel, Mads Andersen, stated.

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