VIDEO: Det norske installs Ivar Aasen topside

As reported by Offshore Energy Today earlier in July, a topside for the Ivar Aasen platform was lifted and installed in the North Sea, offshore Norway. 

Det norske, the operator of the project, on Tuesday launched a video of the installation process and said that approximately 15,000 tons were lifted onto the jacket with first oil expected in December 2016.

The oil company said that the topside installation on field was completed without incidents and according to plan for the Ivar Aasen-development.

Bård Atle Hovd, VP Ivar Aasen Project, said: “It is always a relief when such a critical operation is finished. We are now entering the final phase of the project to prepare the platform for first oil in December. We are on the home stretch of a project that we have implemented as planned.”

The main part of the topside was built in Singapore. The transport started on the 6th of June 2016 and took the shortcut through the Suez Canal before arriving at field one month later. The living Quarters, which had been lifted onto the deck, was built at Stord.

The oil company noted that, altogether, several thousand people participated in the construction of Ivar Aasen. The companies that have been involved in the transportation and installation include transportation by Cosco, Saipem for lifting all the modules in place with the crane vessel Saipem 7000, and Aibel who has the completion contract of the platform to start of production.