Steel cut

Norway-based Aibel has started construction of the topsides for the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform in the North Sea.

As part of this project, the first steel has been cut for the DSM module for the platform at Aibel’s yard in Haugesund.

The first module is slated to completion in mid-2017.

Following this, the assembly with the remaining two modules that constitute the Johan Sverdrup drilling platform will begin.

Aibel field development executive vice-president Nils Arne Hatleskog said: "The entire project is very important to Aibel, and this start-up of the DSM module is particularly important to the yard in Haugesund.

"Here, a busy and exciting period lies ahead, where we have to maintain focus on safety, quality and delivery on time."

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"This start-up of the DSM module is particularly important to the yard in Haugesund."

The DSM module comprises various sections that have been produced at Aibel in Haugesund and at sub-supplier Vistal in Poland.

The platform is expected to be complete in 2018 with production scheduled for 2019-end.

Oil from the field in the Utsira Height in the North Sea will be piped to the Mongstad terminal in Hordaland.

The gas would be transported through Statpipe to the Kårstø processing plant in North Rogaland.

Statoil owns a 40.0267% stake in the field. The remaining partners include Lundin Norway (22.6%), Petoro (17.36%), Det norske (11.5733%) and Maersk Oil (8.44%).

Image: The first steel has been cut for the DSM module for Johan Sverdrup at Haugesund yard. Photo: courtesy of: Aibel/Øyvind Sætre.